Ask An Expert – Lazy Ears

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Question: Though I’ve been told I would benefit from hearing aids, I fear my ears will get lazy and lose their ability to hear at all.

Answer: Actually, the opposite is true. When the ears are not hearing properly, they are not transmitting the sound to areas in the brain for understanding, so the brain’s function in these areas becomes reduced permanently.

Over time, this has a negative impact on the ability to process understanding of words and speech sounds. It will be much better for you to treat hearing loss early with hearing aids and avoid these problems. In other words, hearing aids would benefit you by keeping the auditory pathways of the brain active with appropriate stimulation of sounds and speech.

Have more questions? Feel free to contact our Murfreesboro office. We are glad to discuss your hearing concerns with you.

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