Increase Your Hearing Ability with Hearing Aids

Jun 22, 2010 by

We all know that exercise is good for keeping our bodies in good shape. There is more and more evidence that exercising our ears is also good for keeping our hearing ability in good shape. A number of studies in the United States and abroad have demonstrated that individuals with hearing loss in both ears, who only use one hearing aid, tend to maintain or improve their ability to understand words with the hearing aid. The ear without the hearing aid tends to decline in word recognition ability. This decline is not a change in hearing sensitivity, but rather is a decline in the ability to process the complex speech simply through the lack of use.

In my opinion, there are several reasons for this including:

  • The ear without the hearing aid is not being “exercised” very much
  • The area of the brain involved in hearing is not being used and becomes less effective at processing speech information

This gradual decline in speech recognition ability usually reverses itself once the ear gets more stimulation, through the use of a hearing aid instrument. Research suggests this process of gradual improvement in speech understanding may take four to six weeks after the hearing aid fitting, and may continue for up to 12 weeks.

What does this mean to someone with hearing loss?

Over the past 10 years, the results of a number of studies suggests the following:

  • The longer a hearing loss is ignored, the greater effect
  • The sooner a hearing loss is treated, the easier the adjustment
  • In almost all cases, two hearing aids are better than one. Two hearing aids will keep both ears and both sides of the brain actively involved in hearing
  • Improved hearing may take a little time and patience.

If you have hearing loss, get a professional evaluation from a qualified Florida audiologist from Hear Florida. Our hearing care professionals can help you get the right hearing aid that is best for you.