The consequences of untreated hearing loss are real. Since we collect sound with our ears and process the sound in our brain, over time and without hearing assistance, we can lose the ability to understand the spoken word. This documented process is called “auditory deprivation.”
When you think about a conversation with all the sounds, the inflection and tempo changes, it makes communication extremely complicated. When a hearing loss has been present and untreated, the ability to follow the conversation can become extremely difficult. Without receiving the appropriate stimuli, the brain stops processing sounds like background noise and it can no longer filter speech correctly. You may answer a question incorrectly, withdraw, smile and pretend you understood the conversation. This can be particularly troublesome when you are visiting the doctor, and important information is being relayed.
Our goal is to maximize your speech understanding in all listening situations. Hearing devices help to solve communication problems and they help to preserve and protect the brain’s ability to recognize speech.
Hearing loss ranks number three in terms of medical diagnosis behind hypertension and arthritis. Often called the invisible disability, hearing loss happens slowly over time and may go unnoticed for years. Although there is no cure for certain forms of hearing loss, many patients can be helped, especially when the problem is recognized early.” Wearing hearing aids have been shown to help preserve the remaining hearing and speech clarity.
If you think you may have hearing loss, the most important step is to have your hearing tested by an Audiologist. The results will identify which frequencies or pitches you do or do not hear. And, if you do have a hearing loss, getting help has never been easier and with today’s advanced technology-you will get clear, crisp, more natural sound.