When you think of great partnerships, what comes to mind? Abbott and Costello? Sonny and Cher? Cecilio and Kapono? How about your brain and your ears?
Your hearing health depends greatly on how well your brain and ears work together. Your brain counts on the ears to collect sounds and deliver them to be interpreted as meaningful information. It is this partnership that enables us to understand and communicate with others.
As we age, many of us develop hearing loss. Even a mild loss may lead to miscommunication and frustration for all. Failure to get early treatment only compounds the problem and can have serious impacts on your quality of life.
When your ability to hear declines, your brain receives less stimulation because it’s not working to identify different sounds and nuances. Over time, this lack of exercise for your brain can lead to memory loss or even dementia. You may also experience difficulty following conversations in a group setting and are more likely to socially withdraw, which over time, can lead to depression and anxiety.
The good news is there are many treatment options. If you think you or a loved one suffers from hearing loss, don’t delay another day. Visit a hearing healthcare professional and take the first step toward a world of better hearing.