11 Apr 69: How Hearing Loss Relates To Dementia with Dr. Kristin Krotz
Are you having your hearing checked regularly?
Hearing and hearing loss have way more impact on your brain than you think. In fact, hearing loss can cause stress on the brain which can lead to incident dementia.
In this episode of The Dr. Kinney Show, I sat down with Dr. Kristin Krotz to talk about hearing loss, cognitive reserve, modifiable risk factors, dementia, and how they all tie together.
Dr. Krotz is an Audiologist with over 29 years of clinical experience in both hospital-based Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) as well as private practice ENT and Audiology settings. Dr. Krotz studied Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology at the Undergraduate level, Audiology at the Master’s level, and holds a Doctor of Audiology degree from Salus University. She owns and operates Hearing & Balance Solutions, LLC. She has served in a volunteer position for the American Academy of Audiology Coding and Compliance Committee, gives talks on medical billing to her constituents, precepts Doctoral students, and volunteers in her community.
Growing up in a family with deafness, Dr. Krotz developed an understanding and empathy for the communicative challenges encountered by the hearing impaired and deaf populations.
Dr. Krotz specializes in the hearing and balance systems, provides diagnostic testing for a variety of auditory and vestibular-related disorders including hearing loss, tinnitus, and vertigo. She provides rehabilitation for hearing loss through aural rehabilitation and amplification, for tinnitus through the use of Progressive Tinnitus Management and tinnitus maskers, and for vertigo (BPPV) through canalith repositioning maneuvers.
In Today’s Episode We Discuss:
- Types of hearing loss
- Why we should start taking preventative measures against hearing loss earlier than we think
- The importance of your cognitive reserve
- Modifiable risk factors at different points of life
- How hearing loss relates to dementia
- The future of hearing loss technology
Hearing loss starts much earlier than you may think. At the age of 28, many of us could be experiencing symptoms of hearing loss. It is so important that we take advantage of those modifiable risk factors to prevent it as much as possible so we can stay healthier longer.
Starting at the age of 65, everyone needs to be having their hearing checked regularly. If you are experiencing symptoms, your hearing should be checked even earlier.
If you are in the Annapolis or Edgewater area and want to work with Dr. Krotz, you can find her at Hearing & Balance Solutions. If not, you can ask your doctor for a referral to a good audiologist who will get you the care you need.
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