A recently published study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania reveals that hearing loss causes accelerated degeneration in the region of the brain responsible for processing auditory information. It is also believed that this degeneration causes an increase in the effort required to comprehend speech—even for those with a mild hearing loss.
The results of this study not only stress the importance of wearing hearing aids daily to improve hearing and preserve the brain, but also the importance of monitoring your hearing health through regular evaluations and recalibrating your devices if any changes to your hearing have occurred.
If you know someone who could benefit from hearing services, call your local certified audiologist. It’s their job to answer your questions, create strategies, and provide solutions for all types of hearing loss.