Today I want to talk about what’s called auditory deprivation. When I talk to people about this they often respond something like “really, I didn’t have any idea about that.”

Auditory Deprivation occurs when you have sensorinural hearing loss. This means the tiny hair-like nerves deep in the ear, inside the cochlea, have been damaged. Usually, this deterioration begins with the nerves that pick up high-pitched sound. This can occur because of consistent exposure to loud noise, illness, or simply as a result of age. When this happens, it takes a lot more volume to stimulate those nerves. Eventually, they don’t respond to the softer sounds at all, they just stand still. Unfortunately, the old adage, “Use it or lose it,” also applies here. Just like muscles, these tiny nerves must be stimulated to remain healthy. They actually get worse because they are not receiving the stimulation they need.

Because of this, Hearing Aids are recommended for two reasons.

1. So that a person can hear better, stay connected to loved ones and engaged in socialization, communicate effectively, and interact naturally. They no longer have to ask, “What?”, or “Could your repeat that?”

2. Because through the use of hearing instruments, we can stimulate those damaged nerves and keep them from getting worse. We can actually keep hearing from getting worse by using hearing aids.