Hearing Loss May Skew Alzheimer’s Test Results
Hearing loss negatively affects your quality of life. The inability to hear directly affects the way in which you interact with others. A new study has now also found that hearing loss may skew Alzheimer’s test results. Patients who are tested might be mistakenly diagnosed as having Alzheimer’s when that is not the case.
Researcher Michael Lerch, MD, of Diakonia Mark-Ruhr Hospital in Hagen, Germany states how “A hearing test should be imperative prior to cognitive testing.” A patient being tested for Alzheimer’s may have a hard time understanding the questions being asked due to their loss of hearing. This will affect test results, as patients might answer incorrectly, later being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Even if there are mild signs of hearing health problems, they should not be overlooked. Visiting an audiologist such as Dr. Joseph Duran, will help in correctly diagnosing and treating the condition. It will also avoid situations in which patients are wrongly diagnosed.