Auditory Deprivation

Welcome to the latest installation of #WednesdayWisdom!
Every week we’ll post information relating to hearing.

Our goal is to provide valuable information so that you can take an active part in maintaining your #hearinghealth.
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This week’s post focuses on important information relating to Auditory Deprivation.

You’ve heard the saying “Use it or lose it” and hearing definitely falls into that category!

Unlike loss of vision, ignored hearing loss will make it exponentially harder to treat.

Our previous posts touched on how sound travels through the ear and how sound is processed by the brain. But it isn’t just sound being captured, it’s sound being transformed into something that evokes a response!

If “Look out” “Come here” and “I love you” were said at the same volume and pitch to a person with healthy hearing, it would result in very different reactions. Said to someone with hearing loss who is suffering from Auditory Deprivation would possibly result in confusion or a request to repeat it.

The cerebrum is the part of the brain that handles daily tasks. It analyzes information, makes decisions, stores information and processes what the eyes see, the tongue tastes and the ears hear. The temporal lobes are sections of the cerebrum and they are responsible for hearing, storing new memories and bringing back old ones.

Use it or lose it:
When there is difficulty hearing, it’s because there is a loss of information entering the brain. The auditory nerve, which carries sound information, begins to weaken. As a result, the brain works harder to make sense of what it’s hearing. Weakness of this shared area of the brain is connected to dementia and Alzheimer’s. To be clear, hearing loss does not guarantee either, but individuals with hearing loss have a 40% greater chance of cognitive difficulty; even if the hearing loss is minor.

Hearing loss can be hastened by numerous medical conditions. Get your hearing tested annually.

Don’t let hearing loss rob you of your memories.


Interested in more in-depth information? Check these links:

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/…/hearing_loss_linked…

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4811604/