At The Hill Hear Better Clinic, we strive to be up-to-date with the latest technology, research, and treatment practices. That?s why we?ve chosen to equip our office with easy-to-use cognitive testing through Cognivue. But what does cognitive testing have to do with your hearing aids? Here?s how Cognivue testing will benefit you:
Hearing Is Linked To Cognitive Health
One of the risks of going without a hearing aid when you need one is that your hearing can get worse over time. Hearing loss is also linked to a decline in memory and even considered a risk factor for dementia. However, the reason for this is more complicated than it may seem.
When you experience hearing loss, the parts of your brain responsible for hearing and comprehension aren?t being used as heavily. They begin to lose functionality the longer they go without use. As the saying goes, if you don?t use it, you?ll lose it!
Using hearing aids can help keep those parts of the brain strong, but it can also help maintain your memory. If you have trouble hearing what others are saying, your brain is doing more work to understand their speech. But that comes at a cost: when the brain requires more energy to understand what is being said, less is available to remember what is said.
How Cognitive Testing Can Help
It?s clear, then, that hearing loss isn?t just about your ears – it affects what happens inside your brain, too. For doctors, the link between hearing and cognition works both ways. Cognitive testing can reveal hearing loss and vice versa.
Including Cognivue testing in our hearing loss treatment programs can help us, you, and your other doctors gain a full understanding of hearing loss issues you may be experiencing. Not only that, but it can also help us detect cognitive decline in early stages, when it can be treated or slowed. By better understanding the causes and relationships between hearing loss and cognitive decline in our patients, we can help them find better solutions to both issues.
Cognitive testing is easier than it sounds. Your cognivue test will be self-administered at a private station. During your test, the CogniSystem? algorithm evaluates the memory, visuospatial, and executive functions of your brain. It also measures reaction time and speed processing. And it does all this in just minutes! Using the data we collect from your test, we can help you find the right treatment for your hearing loss.
When you undergo a Cognivue screening in our office, you’ll also receive a letter explaining your results that you can give to other physicians or healthcare professionals. This helps us work together with other physicians to develop detailed and well-rounded treatment plans.
Schedule An Appointment To Try Cognivue
With Cognivue, you can achieve better cognitive and hearing health. Cognitive testing is easy, painless, and takes only a few minutes, but it can help improve your quality of life. Schedule an appointment with us to take the test, or learn more about Cognivue screening here.