Auditory Deprivation – The Importance of Early Assessment & Consistent Hearing Aid use
Impacts of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss has a number of negative impacts on a person’s life, with some being more apparent than others. Many people are aware of the negative social impacts hearing loss has on one’s life. These impacts include feelings of frustration during communication, feelings of stress and anxiety, withdrawal from social activities, and loss of independence.
An impact of untreated hearing loss that many people are not aware of is that untreated hearing loss deprives the brain of sound and leads to auditory deprivation.
What is Auditory Deprivation?
Sound travels on a pathway from our ears to our brains and we don’t actually hear sound until the centres in the brain receive and process the signals from the ears. When hearing loss is left untreated, this pathway of sound from ear to brain isn’t stimulated and weakens over time. The hearing centres in the brain no longer receive and process signals from the ears and without these signals the brain forgets how to process sound overtime. Leaving this pathway deprived of sound contributes to poorer ability to understand speech and poorer hearing performance in all situations.
Importance of Seeking Help Early
If your auditory system is deprived too long, the process of wearing and accepting hearing aids becomes more difficult. To avoid auditory deprivation, it is critical to keep the auditory system active. If you seek help for your hearing loss sooner, the sooner you activate the hearing centres of the brain and the greater success you will have with hearing aids and overall communication.
It is important to note that following adoption of hearing aids, processing in a previously deprived auditory system can improve, but there will always be residual effects of neglecting to treat the hearing loss earlier. Therefore, early assessment and intervention are critical to increased success with hearing aids.
Wearing Hearing Aids
The longer you wear your hearing aids, the more you’ll enjoy wearing them. Your brain will learn to process sound and filter out noise, and you will also get used to the sound of your own voice. Before long, wearing hearing aids might seem like second nature. However, this requires practice and time. If you only use your hearing aids during noisy situations like parties, dinners, or social situations, it’s easier for you to get overwhelmed by the sounds. It is recommended that you wear your hearing aids for a minimum of 10 hours a day in order to achieve the best results.
5 Benefits of Wearing Hearing Aids
Take a look at this article on the 5 benefits of wearing hearing aids: http://cvhaudiology.co.za/5-benefits-of-hearing-aids/
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Contents of this article appeared originally on https://www.superiorhearing.ca/auditory-deprivation/