No, you don’t have to get hearing aids, but you might really want to consider this information. You may think your hearing really isn’t that bad or that mechanical listening devices cost too much. So you’re considering putting off getting them later. So what if you have to turn up the TV and ask people to repeat more often. What people don’t realize is the longer you wait to treat hearing loss, the more difficult it can be to correct.
The brain actually interprets what we hear. If you have a hearing loss, even a mild loss, the brain is not receiving all of the information it needs. Over the years, the brain actually loses its ability to process sound that it no longer hears. It forgets how to make sense of those sounds. The saying, “if you don’t use it, you lose it” applies here. This phenomenon is known as auditory deprivation. Even when those forgotten sounds are reintroduced through hearing aid amplification, the brain may not be able to effectively use this new information. Sounds are amplified but not give the needed clarity to understand speech easily.
At this point in time, there is no medication or surgery that can correct nerve loss. However, if you seek help in time, hearing aids can help. I like to think of these listening devices as exercise machines that stimulate the remaining nerve endings and auditory parts of the brain. These options not only enhance synapse xt what is left of your hearing but they actually preserve or maintain your ability to process sounds and make sense of conversation. As long as you continue to stimulate what’s left of your hearing, you can expect to understand quite well even if your hearing changes over time. As long as you get help in time.
Quality of Life
Untreated hearing loss can affect you and your loved ones, emotionally and socially. Asking people to repeat frequently, only to have them shout at you, takes its toll on your relationships. People get frustrated with one another and blame each other for mumbling or for not listening. You may feel embarrassed and left out of conversation – even isolated. Over time, most people with hearing loss begin to withdraw socially as communication becomes more difficult. This social isolation can lead to feelings of depression and anger. So don’t let this happen to you!