Use it or lose it
Research shows that the use it or lose it principle applies to our ears as well (Silman, Silverman, Emmer, & Gelfland, 1992). Delaying amplification use, which essentially deprives the ear(s) of auditory stimuli at normal levels, can lead to a degradation of word understanding. In other words, an ear that hasn’t been stimulated due to untreated hearing loss loses some of its ability to understand. Fortunately, the same research indicates that this degradation may be reversible in some cases with amplification, demonstrating yet again the positive effects of hearing aids and cochlear implants.
Since the negative effects of untreated hearing loss are well-documented, the benefits of seeking treatment are proven, and amplification not only helps you hear better but also improves the quality of your life – why wait? As with most health conditions, earlier diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss leads to the most successful outcomes. If you suspect that you or a loved one may have hearing loss, don’t wait.
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Silman S., Silverman C., Emmer M., Gelfand S. (1992). Adult onset auditory deprivation. Journal of the American Academy Audiology 3, 390-396.