Did you know that hearing affects not only your ears, but also everything between your ears? Your brain! Most people are quick to assume that hearing is only related to their ears, not realizing their brain also has a lot to do with it. The hearing part of the brain is where sound becomes information with meaning. Your brain has to work hard to make this happen.
When you have a hearing challenge, this natural relationship between your ears and brain is disrupted. When sound signals from your ears are compromised, perhaps due to hearing loss, your brain has to work even harder to fill in the gaps and follow what’s being said. That extra effort can really take a toll.
For example, someone with significant hearing loss may feel extra fatigued at the end of a busy day. In extreme cases, hearing loss over time can lead to isolation and depression. This is why it’s so important to take care of your hearing health the same way you care for your overall health.
Your ears and brain work together as a system, with your brain doing most of the heavy lifting. Your brain is what uses the information from your ears to establish your surroundings by figuring out which direction sound is coming from: this is what tells your brain what’s happening in the environment. The brain is where sound waves become sounds that you recognize, and when the brain recognizes a sound, it tries to make sense of it. Your brain also helps you focus in on a conversation and separate out unwanted noise: the brain uses both ears to focus on what’s important, especially in noisy environments. All four of these tasks are happening simultaneously and continuously inside your brain. With a hearing challenge, this system is compromised, making it much harder for your brain and resulting in fatigue and/or other negative effects.
This doesn’t have to happen to you. Hearing devices reduce the effort involved in listening and can take your personal listening preferences into account. They can preserve the important details in speech and work as a system to help you locate sounds.
Your hearing is as unique as your fingerprint. And because no one else is quite like you, no one else’s hearing profile is quite like yours. Call Tustin Hearing Center today to make an appointment for a hearing test. Do your brain a favor and make sure your hearing system is in top-notch condition!
Information provided by Tustin Hearing Center