THIS WEEK’S TIP: HEARING & COGNITION
This week Adam Shulberg talks about the relationship between hearing and cognition.
Cognition is a term referring to the brain processes involved in acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experiences and the senses.
We live in an organised world of sound where cognition, attention, memory and the sense of hearing interact. Each plays a crucial role in listening. The direct relationship between hearing and cognition affects how well we use our hearing to function in everyday life.
When we experience hearing loss and communication difficulties, participating in conversation requires use of more of our cognitive resources. Although it may appear that the communication problems experienced is due to hearing loss alone, often this is not the primary issue and there are underlying cognitive factors that need consideration.
The relationship between hearing and cognition is absolutely critical, they are completely intertwined “
– Adam Shulberg, Senior Audiologist and MD, Cubex
Watch this week’s TIP to learn more about this important relationship.
Untreated or poorly managed hearing loss increases listening effort and mental fatigue. When a social context becomes too demanding the brain has to use more mental resources to make sense of information. Some may even choose to withdraw from socialising and this is not a good choice as social interaction is critical to our mental health and cognitive well-being.
Assessing your hearing and cognitive well-being as early as possible is the best way to prevent cognitive fatigue and communication difficulties.