Hearing Loss and Dementia – clearing up the “confusion”

I have noticed of late that several companies providing hearing aids have been using the recently discovered link between hearing loss and the onset of dementia as a “marketing tool” claiming that age related hearing loss leads to dementia. This can clearly cause alarm in people and indeed I have had a number of people ask me about this with fear and it has caused some concern.

So what is the truth about the relationship between dementia and hearing loss? According to the organisation Dementia Australia, research has identified a number of factors that may increase the risk of developing dementia as well as a number of  factors that may reduce the risk. Risk factors, some of which can be managed though lifestyle changes or appropriate medical treatment, include:

  • low mental and social stimulation
  • physical inactivity
  • depression
  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • hypertension
  • smoking
  • excessive alcohol use
  • poor diet
  • genetic factors

Age related hearing loss is another factor that increases the risk of dementia. Research suggests that people with mild hearing loss maybe twice as likely to develop dementia as those with healthy hearing. People with severe hearing loss may be up to five times more likely to develop the condition according to Professor Frank Lin and colleagues at John Hopkins School of Medicine.

It is important to note that hearing loss is only a “risk factor” and having any form of hearing loss does not mean a person will develop dementia.

What we do know for sure is that hearing loss does reduce peoples quality of life in all sorts of ways, social isolation can lead to feelings of depression and loneliness as well as a loss of independence. These factors in turn may lead to an increased risk of developing dementia. Hearing loss also places an additional load on the mental resources of peoples the brain has to work harder to make sense of what is going on around it. This additional load may mean there are fewer resources available for memory and other cognitive functions which may lead to changes in the brain and brain function.

Research is ongoing and the link between hearing loss and the onset of dementia is still being explored. However hearing loss should always be addressed by properly fitted hearing aids that can ensure that functionality and communication skills can be maintained throughout ones life.



  1. Professor Frank Lin and his colleagues from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine published a 2011 article in Archives of Neurology reporting that severity of hearing loss is associated with incidence of dementia: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3277836/. Read more about Professor Lin’s work here: linresearch.org
  2. Professor Gill Livingston and her colleagues from University College London published a 2017 article in The Lancet summarising 13 studies that investigated the link between hearing loss and risk of cognitive decline and dementia (within a broader analysis of a large set of potential risk factors for dementia). They reported that mid-life hearing loss is a significant but potentially modifiable risk factor for dementia and argued that management of hearing loss might help delay or prevent dementia cases: discovery. ucl.ac.uk/1567635/. Read more about Professor Livingston’s work here: iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris


Rechargeable Hearing Aids

We have lately been fitting a lot of the new Signia Pure Charge & Go NX recently and we have found this to be a revolutionary product. Not only does it remove the need for hearing aid battery handling (which many people find to be troublesome) it also allows the direct streaming of sound from mobile phones and TV’s without the need to hang any other devices around the neck. Crystal clear TV and clear phone calls are helping people regain their enjoyment of these things.

The Signia NX technology provides clear sound even in noisy places and delivers a more natural experience than any other hearing aids we have fitted. We are the harshest critics of hearing aids and we know when we have good instruments form the smiles on the faces of our customers when they come in for their follow up appointments.

We are looking forward to things improving still further as technology keeps on getting better. In the hands of our experts modern hearing aids really can change lives.pure charge & go

15 Famous people and celebrities with Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can affect any and everyone. Regardless of age, gender or creed. It should, therefore, be no surprise that some of the rich and famous also suffer from hearing loss and as a result, need to use hearing aids.

Can you name the 15 celebrities and famous people that suffer from hearing loss?

Some Fun Facts

Eric Clapton uses hearing aids as a result of his exposure to concerts and loud music (noise-induced hearing loss). The former president of United States,  Bill Clinton, has partial hearing loss in both ears.  He attributes his hearing loss to harmful decibels from harmful rifles, loud music, and noisy political rallies. He now wears hearing aids.

Tv host, actress, and comedian Whoopi Goldberg have been using hearing aids for the last few years. She claims that listening to loud music was one of the main causes of hearing loss.

An interesting fact, Thomas Edison, the great inventor has hearing loss. In his case, his hearing loss was hereditary and not as a result of exposure to noise, accident etc. Both his father and son experience the same hearing loss. This would be known as congenital hearing loss. Recently, we had a customer with the same case (genetic inheritance)

If you think/suspect that you are hard of hearing, do read our previous article on signs of hearing loss, Clarisound offers a free & comprehensive hearing check. Book your appointment at Clarisound Professional Hearing Care today!

Effects on Hearing : Cancer, Chemotherapy and Hearing Loss

Regardless of age, cancer patients may experience a variety of common side effect caused by chemotherapy and radiation therapies such as nausea and hair loss. But many people may be unaware that hearing loss is also a common side effect.


Reaching out: It is important to always reach out!

Hearing may sometimes be affected after treatment for some types of head and neck cancer, such as nasopharyngeal cancer. Hearing loss may start gradually in the first two years after treatment.

If you would like to know more about cancer and hearing loss, do download our e-book at http://www.clarisound.com/#ebook

Essentially for some, the chemotherapy and chemotherapy byproducts seem to injure the hair cells within the ear, and the person initially loses their hearing. As the chemotherapy is given further, more damage occurs to the hair cells. So its important to always check with your hearing care professional after several treatments on your level of hearing.

At times, your doctor may lower the dosage of cisplatin. Unfortunately, lowering the cisplatin dose or holding off on the agent completely isn’t an option for everyone.


Adapting to changes in your hearing may take time. However, support is available. It is important that you seek counselling and assistance from support groups near your home or even at the hospital.  Support groups can be a good place to share experiences and find out what other people have found helpful.

Below are some tips for managing your hearing loss:-

  • Tell people your hearing is not good.
  • Find a well-lit place to have your meeting – so you are able to read their lips. ( Visual Clues)
  • Ask the person talking to face you and get your attention before beginning to speak.
  • Ask them to speak clearly and not too fast.
  • Hearing aid systems –  Hearing aid systems can help with hearing loss. There are many options available. Should you require more information about hearing aid systems and if you would like to discuss about them, feel free to contact us at  http://www.clarisound.com/contact-us.html

Clarisound offers FREE HEARING CHECKS at all our shops too.





8 ways to help your hard of hearing loved one to come for a hearing check.

Most believe that they can “get along” without using a hearing aid. And unfortunately too many wait years or even decades to address the effects of hearing loss. As you love and care for your hard of hearing family member, it is only natural that you want to help them.

Since the inception of Clarisound Professional Hearing Care, we have come across many situations where the family members or friends of the person suffering from hearing loss refused to come for a hearing check or take action for his / her hearing loss.

There were situations like some were tricked into coming in or literally forced to get their hearing checked! Hence, this is the reason why we have compiled this article to share with you 8 ways on how to get your hard of hearing loved one to get their hearing checked.

Hearing loss can be emotionally similar to losing anything else that is important in a person’s life. We value our hearing, therefore we quite naturally grief when we lose it. It is actually normal that your loved one might be going through the five stages of grief.

  1. DENIAL – refused to believe that they have hearing loss example ” I hear fine! you always mumble”
  2. ANGER – towards anyone related to the loss ( Some may take their anger out on their spouse or loved ones)
  3. BARGAINING –  example ” let me hear better and I will never ask for another thing”
  4. DEPRESSION – I might as well not participate in any more social activities as I can’t hear what people around me are saying. This is where they begin to withdraw themselves from social activities.
  5. ACCEPTANCE –  I am so lonely and tired of missing out on the special moments. It is time I get help.
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Portrait of mother with teen daughter.

In order to make this as smooth as possible, do read our tips below:-

1. Read and research

If your parents are suffering from hearing loss, it would be good for you to do some brief research about hearing loss and hearing aids. Your parents would appreciate that you have read up and are able to have a light discussion with them.

2. Chose the right time and place

Ensure that the place is private, comfortable and quiet. Casually chat with your loved one and remember you should focus on effect! It is best to mention how you would like to see them continue enjoying their social activities with their friends and family as well as participate in the conversations rather than bluntly point out about their hearing loss and how they are just cancelling all their activities. Oftentimes, the person with hearing loss would know that deep down they have a hearing loss and need to seek help.

3.  Be Empathic

It is important to remain calm when speaking with them. Come from a place of love  & patience rather than frustration and anger. Remember to be empathic.  Listen to their concerns and avoid cutting him or her off. Let your loved one speak out if they are up to it. Explain that you understand their fears and concerns.

4. Be Prepared for common objections

Download our ebook, on hearing loss myths and facts to be able to counter their objections.


Some examples are:-

  1. A hearing aid will make me look different – fact: Untreated hearing loss is more obvious than not using a hearing aid. 
  2.  Hearing loss affects old people and is merely a sign of ageing.    – fact: 1 in 5 people have hearing loss regardless of age. In fact, more of the younger generation are prone to hearing loss due to prolonged exposure to loud noise.

5. Annual hearing check

Tell them that everyone should get their hearing checked annually. Mention that you would get your hearing checked as well.  After all, everyone should have their hearing checked annually so that includes you too.  Plus Clarisound offers a FREE comprehensive hearing check.

6. Encourage other loved ones to speak out too

If it is your mother who is suffering from hearing loss, ask your dad or your siblings to speak out too. So you won’t be the only one. Tell them to repeat what you have said to your mom. Remember, focus on EFFECT. Remind and tell her that you care for her well being.mother with teen daughter

7. Share with them the risk of waiting.

A recent study by John Hopkins and the National Institute of Aging found a correlation between untreated hearing loss and a loss of cognitive function, noting a higher risk of developing forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s.

There are many psychological effects of untreated hearing loss, including frustration, withdrawal and depression. Trouble communicating with others creates a strain on relationships and a loss of esteem. Accidents – what if their hearing loss caused them their life or other’s life, for example, the dangers when the fire alarm triggers and they can’t hear etc. It is far better to deal with hearing loss than to pretend it isn’t happening.

8. Remind them that they are not alone. 

  • Around 466 million people worldwide have hearing loss, and 34 million of these are children.
  • It is estimated that by 2050 over 900 million people will have hearing loss.
  • Hearing loss may result from genetic causes, complications at birth, certain infectious diseases, chronic ear infections, the use of particular drugs, exposure to excessive noise, and ageing.

Everyone deserves to hear what the world has to offer! Should you have any questions do contact us. We would be more than happy to assist you. 



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Does hearing loss run in families? Clarisound have been around long enough and had the privilege to meet and serve 3 generations and several members of the family tree!

Yes, hearing loss can impact members of the same family. One way hearing loss can affect families is through genetic inheritance. A person may inherit mutated gene or genes that can cause hearing loss.

And in some cases, a person can inherit the mutated gene but may not experience hearing loss. This person is called a carrier. A carrier of a gene mutation may pass it to their future offspring who might experience hearing loss. Quite often parents are carriers of the genetic disorder but do not experience it themselves.

Valliammai came to us in the year 2001. She was pleased and happy with our exceptional service. In 2004 she introduced her daughter Gnanambihai to us. Thereafter in the year 2014, we met her granddaughter Vanitha. Looking at their audiogram,  their hearing loss is quite similar.

We feel so connected and blessed to be able to assist them to hear well again!. It is such a privilege to know and connect with 3 generations. No words can describe the feeling of being close to the family. We had the privilege to even serve other members of the family. All together we have seen and helped 5 members of their family.

Gnanambihai Family 5 generations photos
Gnanambihai Family (5 generations)

We are truly grateful and thankful for this. This is the reason why we continue to do our best at all times. Rest assured, Clarisound will not only assist you to hear well again but your great-grandparents, grandparents and your future grandchildren too!.

A heartfelt thank you Gnanambihai family for your continuous support and trust in Clarisound Professional Hearing Care over the years.!





References :http://www.nationalhearingtest.org/wordpress/?p=879

Better Hearing, Better Living!

Yesterday, as everyone was busy getting together still celebrating the lunar new year, our Clarisound team, dined at one of my favourite restaurants ” The Hans Room”. The food was good, the company was even better! We were fortunate to bump into one of our customers. It was a proud moment to see him using his hearing aid :).

So many older people with hearing impairment still do not use any hearing aid systems. More than two-thirds of older non-users say that their hearing is not bad enough or they can do without.  There has been endless of studies and reports stating the link between hearing loss and depression due to isolation, frustration and the list goes on.  

I was actually observing him, wanting to see what was his experience and expressions. Firstly it was great to see him sitting in the restaurant with his family and friends. Public places where people meet to talk can be especially hard for those who are hard of hearing and don’t use any hearing aid systems.

The restaurant was packed, but he was able to communicate to the person next to him. I could see his smile and laughter and it really made me smile inside!

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A recently published study, BHI examined the impact of hearing aid users on the specific quality of life factors that affect hearing aid users mental and emotional well-being. More than half of 1800 hearing aid users surveyed said that they attributed their use of hearing aids to improvements in their relationships at home and their social life. Close to half said that they saw improvements in their self-confidence, sense of safety, while one third indicated their mental and emotional life improved. Even the families of hearing aid users also noted the improvements.

So it was indeed a fulfilling day as not only was the dinner scrumptious, the feeling inside you when you know that your customer’s quality of life improved tremendously.


If you or if you know of anyone who is suffering from hearing loss, don’t let them suffer in silence. Clarisound Professional Hearing  Care offers a FREE no-obligation hearing check.