No matter if you experience hearing loss or have perfect hearing, your brain is the key to your hearing. Find out more about your brain and your hearing here
We do need our ears to capture sounds, but we only understand these sounds once they arrive in our brains. So hearing – and especially speech understanding – is a cognitive process. In other words: hearing is thinking.
Our ears deliver all the sounds we hear to our brains. They do not choose what to send; in fact, they never rest. Even when we are asleep, our ears are sending sound information to our brains.
Our brain then does all the hard work. The brain filters out irrelevant sounds, like other people talking in a restaurant, and like traffic in the background. Without us realising it, our brains are constantly at work selecting what we hear, and deciding how much attention to give each sound.
But before any decisions can be made, our brains must first extract meaning from the mass of overlapping sound waves that fill the air. By taking the sound signals from both of our ears and comparing them, our brains locate the source of different sounds.
Overtime, the effort of hearing loss can take its toll on the brain and studies have shown that the effects can lead to the development of dementia. Those with a mild to a more severe hearing loss were 2-5 times more like to develop dementia than those who retained their hearing.
By getting your hearing tested regularly, you can stay on top of your hearing health and, at Hidden Hearing, our hearing tests are free. Book your hearing assessment today and take care of your brain and hearing health.
On average, it takes people 8 years to get their hearing tested after first noticing they may have hearing loss. By living with hearing loss and not seeking help, you lose out on many of the pleasurable sounds of life. A loss of hearing may be easily remedied with help from a hearing device. At Hidden Hearing, we provide free, no obligation hearing tests. Why delay? Book your free hearing test today.