38 million Americans are living with untreated hearing loss, and in most of these cases, hearing aids can help! Today’s hearing aids are so technologically advanced that everyone can experience better hearing. Untreated hearing loss can lead to serious health conditions such as cognitive decline, dementia, and balance issues. Your hearing doesn’t only involve your ears, but your brain as well. Sounds travel from outside into your inner ear, then to the auditory nerve and up to the auditory cortex in the brain. In the brain is where we actually hear sounds and they are turned into information and memories. When you can’t hear sounds, your brain is not able to process those sounds into information, resulting in cognitive decline and even dementia. It is important to keep your hearing healthy so your brain can remain active and continue to process sounds.
Our hearing is also related to our balance. Inside our ears is the vestibular system, which along with our sense of sight and touch helps to keeps us balanced. If your hearing loss has effected the inner nerves of your ear, then you can suffer from problems with balance as well. It is important to see a hearing specialist immediately if you or a loved one notice any signs of hearing loss so you can continue to hear your best and stay healthy.
Hearing loss often occurs gradually. If you haven’t heard certain sounds in a long time, then you may not even realize you are missing anything. If you or a loved one notice any of the following signs, then come see us at Central Alabama Audiology and we’ll help you experience better hearing.