Hearing loss is often gradual and, therefore, something that you adapt to. You may not notice it for months — even years.
But slowly, the hearing system that nature provided does wear out for many as we grow older, and it’s simply part of the aging process — and not one of the good parts.
There’s a growing collection of detailed studies that demonstrate, clinically, that people with hearing loss do better addressing the limitations when they act quickly. In other words, the first time the family tells you to turn the TV down, it’s time for a hearing test.
Why? When the hearing nerves and the areas of the brain responsible for hearing are deprived of sound they weaken, making recovery from hearing loss through mechanical means that much more difficult. The fancy term for this that’s used by hearing professionals is “auditory deprivation.”
The most common cause of progressive deprivation is simple. The person with the hearing loss chooses not to treat their hearing loss with amplification.
When no action is taken and the nerves of the hearing mechanism aren’t used, they become deprived of auditory stimulation and slowly become weakened. The phrase “if you don’t use it, you lose it,” really does apply to hearing health.
There’s no shortage of causes of auditory deprivation, nor is there a shortage of folks who experience this condition, making their hearing loss harder to address; simply because current hearing loss causes the hearing mechanism to be under-used, leading to further auditory deprivation and progressive weakening of the entire hearing system.
Studies show that things get better with a pair of hearing aids, but the improvement is incomplete. That means the sooner you recognize hearing loss and get treatment, the more success you will have with hearing aids and the better hearing you’ll have.
The solution? Keep your hearing nerves stimulated. Don’t deprive them. See a hearing professional when you first suspect hearing loss. If you’ve suspected you have hearing loss, don’t turn up the TV — see a hearing professional.
Hearing is one of the joys of life. The sooner you act when you suspect hearing loss, the better your hearing will be in the years ahead. If you need any advice or have any questions about hearing loss contact Hidden Hearing.