Exercising Your Ears

2014-08-01

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When you think of exercising, do you think of lifting weights, using cardio equipment, or just dancing around the house? We at Advanced Otolaryngology and Audiology believe that exercise of the ears and brain is crucial to the success of using hearing aids.

In 2008, a MarkeTrak survey reported of the 35 million Americans who suffer from hearing loss, only 28.5% used amplification. Did you know on average, it takes individuals 7 years after they suspect a hearing loss to pursue amplification! During this waiting period, the neural connections in the brain responsible for hearing begin to be re-routed with other sensory connections. We explain it to our patients that when you start to have a hearing loss, the brain becomes “lazy”. If speech or sounds are soft or in the distance, the brain starts to tune them out because it now takes effort to actively listen.

Amplifying hearing loss is sometimes not enough for success in re-learning how to actively listen. Aural rehabilitation is highly recommended which is a method of therapy used by an Audiologist to increase individual quality of life and patient satisfaction. Hearing aid users will be able to familiarize themselves with their hearing loss and communication abilities as well as accept their limitations. Classes may cover a variety of topics to include communication strategies, listening strategies, lipreading skills, aural recognition, and review available assistive listening devices.

In a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, 96% of patients who participated in group aural rehabilitation classes found them to be “very helpful” and improved their quality of life. Group classes are successful by connecting people to other individuals who are also experiencing hearing loss. This helps people understand that their problems are not unique just to them while learning in an environment that consists of trust and understanding.

Here at Advanced Otolaryngology and Audiology, we will be offering Aural Rehabilitation classes following your initial fitting of hearing instruments. We hope this will provide our patients with the best benefit to improve their hearing as well as their listening skills. Stay tuned and please let us know if you have any further questions!

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