In most cases, hearing loss sneaks up on you. One day, you realize you can no longer hear the hum of the refrigerator or the chirping of birds.
On average, it takes about 7 years from discovering hearing loss to seeking hearing intervention. During this time, many people simply wait, hoping their hearing problems will disappear. However, that's not likely to happen.
Untreated hearing loss can significantly impact your quality of life. Moreover, because untreated hearing loss prevents the effective use of the auditory pathway, the brain's speech center lacks stimulation from sound information. Consequently, prolonged periods of not hearing sounds can affect the brain's ability to remember everyday common sounds.
When the auditory nerve ceases to function, no longer transmitting sound signals to the brain, the brain gradually 'forgets' sounds, becoming unable to comprehend them over time.
The brain's speech center retains sounds and noises for only about 3 years. As hearing loss progresses, auditory memories start to fade, becoming increasingly unclear after around 7 years.
Therefore, when you notice you are losing some hearing, it is crucial to undergo a hearing test promptly and install hearing aids. Once you wear the right hearing aids, the auditory pathway is restored, and the brain regains the ability to process auditory signals.
Relearning to Listen
If you delay getting hearing aids, even the aids may not be able to convert input signals into signals the brain can understand. This means the brain cannot recognize everyday speech and noise, such as the noise of the refrigerator or conversations at home. The brain must repeatedly listen to gradually re-identify these sounds.
If you suspect you have hearing loss, be sure to promptly visit a reputable hearing institution for a comprehensive hearing check. If the hearing test confirms hearing loss, equip yourself with hearing aids without delay!
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