“What, What”? Keep Your Hearing in Tip Top Shape

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“What, What”? Keep Your Hearing in Tip Top Shape

Only in the last few years have I become aware of the link between hearing loss and dementia.  My Mother had hearing loss in her mid to late 70’s and possibly earlier but since the cost of hearing aids was and is so astronomical my Dad got them instead of her because he was working full time still. Yes, I know, they shouldn’t be so expensive and insurance should cover the cost but that’s a topic for another day.

Now 89, my Mother went years without the hearing aids she needed until I moved her to Los Angeles after the death of my Dad. At 83 she received her first pair. I’ve read time and time again about the link of hearing loss to Dementia. But this article from AARP prompted me to share my advice with Tomatoes.


My Mother entered a Memory Care Facility almost 2 years ago since when she was diagnosed with 3 types of Dementia. There are, actually, 10 types of Dementia , one of which is Alzheimer’s. Now, I am not saying that her hearing loss is solely responsible for her decline.  But I believe it was a factor.  Also, untreated hearing loss does NOT mean you are destined to get a form of Dementia.  But… why take a chance ladies?!  Our ears are so precious and performing many vital tasks so we shouldn’t take them for granted.

Even though I have not noticed any loss of hearing in myself, I can tell you seeing an audiologist is on the very top of my priorities.  Again, why risk it?   While we are trying to stay active, productive and use our brains in new ways to stave off any cognitive decline, it makes sense to include a trip to the audiologist in an effort to keep the brain in tip top shape as long as possible.  And don’t let vanity get in the way because the days of ear trumpets is long gone. I’m just sayin’ Tomatoes…keep an eye on your ears.


  • Debbie Zipp

    The Three Tomatoes LA Life editor, Debbie Zipp is your friendly guide to the best of everything in LA with a tomato style perspective. Debbie is an actor, producer, and writer. She is best known for her recurring role as Donna on the CBS series "Murder She Wrote" starring Angela Lansbury. She has had many other TV and stage roles and has starred in over 300 national TV commercials. As head of In The Trenches Productions, Debbie produced, directed, acted in many short films for her company. Her book, The Aspiring Actor's Handbook: What Seasoned Actors Wish They Had Known was recently published. Buy her book: The Aspiring Actor's Handbook: What Seasoned Actors Wish They Had Known

2 Responses

  1. Cathy Evans says:

    I will add to that advice to protect your hearing while you have it. It’s a precious commodity. I found out last year that I’ve lost my 4,000 hz hearing range and it CANNOT be corrected with a hearing aid–it’s just gone. EENT asked if I did a lot of vacuuming–no way–mowing? Yes, I have a six acre yard. Who knew?

  2. Oh my Cathy I’m so sorry to hear this. Thank you for sharing your personal story and importance advice. I’m sure it will encourage women check their hearing.

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