The Dangers of Auditory Deprivation, Pt. 1

Updated: Sep 05, 2019

How long will you wait? You have put this decision off for years. Statistics show that more than 1/3 of the U.S. population has a significant hearing impairment by the age of 65 and most of those people will wait an average of seven years before seeking help through hearing aids. So is there any real danger in letting a hearing loss go untreated? The answer is yes.

Auditory deprivation is what happens as a result when our ears no longer send proper signals to our brain. The auditory nerve is no longer sending the electrical stimulation to the brain and therefore the brain's hearing centers become weak. Just like a lack of exercise can lead to a weak body, auditory deprivation can lead to a weak brain. Most people do not readily see the dangers because hearing loss is invisible. We cannot see it so it can be easily ignored.