5 Fun Facts About Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids: Get the Scoop on What These Small but Powerful Devices Can Do

Did you know? Fewer than one out of three adults 70 and older who could benefit from hearing aids actually uses them, per the U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, and the rate plunges to just 16 percent among those 20 to 69.

The reasons for these stark statistics may vary, but what’s clear is that disabling hearing loss — a serious public health issue affecting approximately 466 million people worldwide — is undertreated on a global scale.

Some individuals who need hearing help might not realize how far technology has advanced to make communication easier and more empowering than ever, even in some of the most challenging listening situations.

Check out these five fun facts you may not have known about hearing devices:

Like Elephants, They “Remember”

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Why Hearing Aids Aren’t a Straight-From-the-Box Solution

A couple of common questions we get are “Why do I need follow-up appointments?” and “Why am I still trying to adjust to my hearing aids?” Put simply, hearing loss is gradual, so your better-hearing journey will be, too. In fact, after the first subtle signs of hearing loss, the average person waits seven years  

Brain Strain

Your auditory cortex is the part of your brain that processes sound input from your ears. It’s excellent at its job, but only when it gets quality information. Even a minor hearing loss can garble sound clarity, so your auditory cortex can’t do its job well.

Other areas of your brain have to put down what they’re doing and come help the auditory cortex — areas responsible for important things like thinking and memory, as well as speech processing. The result — decreased brainpower.  

Coping

Even in the early stages of …

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