Hearing Loss Might Be Misdiagnosed as Memory Loss in Seniors
If Grandma or Grandpa seem to be forgetting things told to them out loud, the problem might be with their hearing rather than their memory. Among 20 adults over age 65 who were being evaluated for potential memory issues, 10 were found to have hearing loss when screened while only five had significant memory loss. Of course, it’s possible to have both conditions, but screening for hearing problems isn’t always part of a routine checkup so it’s important to ask for a hearing check. In some cases, the problem is as simple as too much earwax, which can be easily removed by a health care provider. But if it’s due to inner ear damage, hearing aids may be needed.
Source: Canadian Journal on Aging, published online Jan. 18, 2019