Hearing loss is a perfectly natural process, and your hearing gradually begins to deteriorate from your late teens onwards. Your hearing is as unique as your fingerprint. No one hears the same way you do because you hear with your brain and not with your ears. The ear is the receiver that picks up sounds and sends those sounds to your brain. The brain then turns those sounds into meaning that connects you to your world, based on your own life experiences with sound.
Sound provides the brain with the input that it needs to preform four key processes needed to make sense of sound. These four processes enable you to:
- Orient yourself in your surroundings
- Separate speech from background noise
- Choose where to focus your hearing
- Recognize a sound to make sense of it
The less sound information your brain receives, the harder it has to work to make sense of it. The missing information is what makes hearing loss tiring. It is hard for your brain to create meaning out of sound that is incomplete. I have heard it compared to reading a letter done in poor hand writing with many spelling mistakes verses reading a letter that is perfectly typed.
Wearing hearing aids helps to improve your communications, intimacy, and relationships. This greatly impacts your quality of life.
Research shows that 83% of those working who also wear hearing aids claim that their hearing aids are vital for them to be able to continue to work. Hearing aids are not just for elderly or retired people.
Hearing aids—helping you hear the important sounds that keep your brain connected to the sounds that nurture your soul.
Cathy Robinson BC-HIS
Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences
Registered Hearing Aid Practitioner