Let’s talk a little bit about what hearing aids can do; I often hear the question, “Dr. Michelle, will using hearing aids make my hearing better?”
Unfortunately, the answer to that question is no.
Once a permanent hearing loss exists, it will not get any better. The only possibility is that is may get worse, but that’s a topic for another day.
Let’s talk about what hearing aids can do for you.
We know when someone doesn’t hear well, they stop listening. But, what does that do to the brain?
The likes to hear, the brain likes to be engaged.
So if we do not hear well, and we’re not listening or engaging, the brain’s ability to process, the thing that it likes to do, slows down.
Using hearing aids allows us to keep social; it will enable us to keep listening.
Hearing is the pathway to the brain, and when we don’t hear well, we begin to close the door on our brain.
Do we not want our brains to function as well as it can? Of course, we do.
For someone who has hearing loss, the best way to keep the pathway to the brain open is through using hearing aids.
So no, hearing aids won’t improve your hearing, but they will improve the function of your brain.
I hope this has given you a better understanding of what hearing aids can do for you.