Listening vs Hearing

Listening vs Hearing

We hear with our ears, but how we understand happens at the level of the brain. Research has proven that hearing loss causes changes to the brain. And not in a good way. As an Audiologist, maintaining normal brain function is the most important reason to treat the mildest of hearing losses with hearing aids.

Providing volume specifically where it is needed is the easy part of correcting a hearing loss. An Audiologist with proper equipment will be able to make sounds audible. Soft sounds should be heard, average conversation should be comfortable and loud sounds should never be painful.

The brain, however, is responsible for interpreting, processing and separating speech from noise. This is where the art and skill in fitting hearing aids is important. We all have varied abilities to hear and understand. Based on an individual’s brain function it is possible to design a solution to maximize one’s potential.

Listening involves both hearing and interpreting the signal and it is possible to measure both. The more information we gather allows us to create an individualized plan that is designed in the best interest of each patient. Yes, hearing is complicated.

When you see a professional, correcting hearing will involve more than just ears. We will focus on what us important to your health. A healthy brain can pave the way for a better life. Make an appointment to see an Audiologist. You’ll be glad you did.

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