What is hearing aid evaluation?
Things to Consider
If you don’t use it, you may lose it. There are certain areas of the brain that process speech sounds. If the brain is not receiving this information due to hearing loss then its ability to understand speech may decline over time. Hearing instruments amplify speech sounds to enable the brain to receive the missing information. In this way, the use of hearing aids may delay the loss of speech processing skills that may occur over time.
We know what happens when we deprive the eye of light. A similar mechanism is apparent with our hearing senses. In effect, a “use it, or lose it” phenomenon exists.
- The ability to understand speech may deteriorate over time if the brain is not receiving all the speech sounds.
- The longer a person ignores the problem, the more difficult the adjustment to hearing aids.
- Studies suggest that we can benefit from using all sounds that may be available from amplification.
Your ears work as a team. We have two ears for a very good reason. They work together! Two ears allow us to locate the source of a sound, which is important for safe and effective communication. We need to know where a sound is coming from to avoid possible hazards (such as a passing car) or to know which person is speaking.
Two ears allow the brain to function more effectively to minimize competing sounds interfering with the communication process. Two ears working together are better in helping us focus on a particular sound or speaker than one ear alone. Just think, would you buy a spectacle or a pair of eye glasses?
It is important that we do not deprive one ear fro hearing. Studies have shown that an unaided ear’s ability to understand speech may decline if it is not stimulated. Fitting two ears with hearing aids should be the rule rather than the exception.
- We need two ears to locate the source of a sound.
- Two ears help us hear clearly in background noise.
- Listening with two ears is better than listening with one.