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 called cognitive load.
When you have untreated hearing loss, the speech signals coming into 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.
Effects of untreated hearing loss don’t just affect your hearing ability; they affect your quality of life and overall health. Untreated hearing loss can have serious and wide-ranging consequences including:
- Increased mental fatigue/stress
- Poorer memory
- Difficulty with attention focusing
- Poorer mental health
- Social withdrawal
Hearing aids can lessen the cognitive load on your brain, as well as help improve feelings of isolation and depression. Use it or lose it! Hearing health professionals and doctors know there is 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. Don’t make life harder for yourself than it needs to be. Talk to your doctor and have your hearing tested today.