Hearing Loss impacts more then you think:
- Research has shown that older adults with hearing loss are more likely to experience symptoms of cognitive decline.
Hearing and your brain:
- Think of hearing as a partnership between your ears and your brain. When someone speaks, your brain processes the sounds so that you can understand them. That’s referred to as cognitive load.
- When you have untreated hearing loss, the speech signals coming in to your brain are degraded, so your brain has to work much harder to process them. When more brain resources are used for understanding sounds, other brain tasks such as memory and comprehension can suffer.
Use it or lose it:
- Audiologists recognize a significant benefit of early intervention with hearing aids. When you lose hearing ability over time, your brain can actually “forget” how to hear certain sounds.
- For example, the longer your brain is deprived of high frequency sounds, the harder it will be to process those sounds even after being fitted with hearing aids.