As we have mentioned in our previous blog post, May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, and we have been doing community outreach by giving presentations and educating Staten Islanders on different hearing related topics. We decided to finish up this wonderful month with yet another educational outreach.
On June 28th, Dr. Stella Fulman and Dr. Zhanneta Shapiro were invited to Staten Island Community Television to talk about a recent study that found a link between Hearing loss and Alzheimer’s.
Dr. Frank Lin and his colleagues at Johns Hopkins University found a strong link between degree of hearing loss and risk of developing dementia. Individuals with mild hearing loss were twice as likely to develop dementia as those with normal hearing, those with moderate hearing loss were three times more likely, and those with severe hearing loss had five times the risk. While this study could not definitively conclude that early treatment with hearing aids would reduce the risk of dementia, there was a positive correlation between degree of hearing loss and risk of dementia (Lin et al., 2011).
Being on television was a great experience where we were able to raise awareness about hearing disorders and promote treatment that can improve the quality of life for those Staten Islanders who experience hearing problems. Stay tuned to see the full talk show. Video soon to come!