How losing your hearing is different than losing your vision


While hearing loss is still surrounded by a bit of a stigma, this is not the case with losing your vision. Who doesn’t use glasses in this day and age, right?

And though hearing and vision are both senses, that’s where the similarity ends. Losing your hearing is much different than losing your vision. Vision loss can often be corrected to a normal level with eyeglasses while hearing devices cannot restore hearing to normal.

Eyesight can be corrected back to normal vision with the correct prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses or corrective eye surgery. But even though hearing device technology has improved substantially in the last 10 years, hearing aids can never repair the damage to the hair cells of the inner ear. The hair cells do not regenerate, so when they die or are damaged, the brain has a harder time interpreting the signals they send.

Also, the average person unfortunately waits 7-10 years to get their first hearing aids, reducing the stimulation of sound of the brain during this time. When the hearing aids are finally fitted, the first time user often needs to retrain the brain to get used to sound stimulation again. In general, people tend to get their eyesight checked more often than their hearing, even though hearing loss can have a great impact on the mental health.

Read the full article at Healthy Hearing

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