Absolutely not! In fact, the opposite is true.
When hearing loss is left untreated we are depriving the auditory system of certain sounds. This can lead to atrophy or weakening of the hearing nerves and areas of the brain responsible for processing speech. Once the effects of this ‘auditory deprivation’ have taken place it can be very hard to recover. Individuals affected by auditory deprivation have increased difficulty understanding words and processing speech.
If you have a hearing loss, getting hearing aids will help to keep these at risk areas of the brain stimulated and in working order!
If you or someone you know is experiencing hearing loss, the first step is to book a hearing test with your local hearing healthcare professional. Early detection and treatment of hearing loss will lead to better success with hearing aids and preserve hearing throughout your life.