Halls Crossroads

4010 Fountain Valley Dr

Knoxville, TN 37918

(865) 377-4980

Clinton   

407 Cullom St

Clinton, TN 37716

(865) 269-4607

Halls Crossroads

4010 Fountain Valley Dr

Knoxville, TN 37918

(865) 377-4980

Clinton   

407 Cullom St

Clinton, TN 37716

(865) 269-4607

Importance of Addressing Hearing Loss

It is often many years from the time that people first notice signs of hearing loss before they take the steps to address it. However, research studies have revealed important reasons why people should address their hearing loss as early as possible.

The thought of wearing a hearing aid can cause many people to feel a little anxious – they worry about being perceived as old or having a disability. While it is common for people to think “I’m still too young for hearing aids”, our clients commonly reflect that they only wish they had done something sooner, as they actually feel younger and more confident as a result of wearing hearing aids.


Sensory deprivation – “Use it or lose it”

One study compared people who were fitted with hearing aids for both ears against others fitted with a single hearing aid. Looking at the data, scientists were able to conclude that a person’s ability to understand speech in an unaided ear deteriorated faster over time than their ability to understand speech in their aided ear.

For most people, this deterioration in the unaided ear was slowed if a hearing aid was later fitted. However, if the period without a hearing aid is long enough then other full advantages of hearing with both ears may never be attainable. That is, if we don’t use it, we may lose it.

This also provides the rationale for addressing hearing loss sooner and fitting hearing aids to both ears, if both are affected by hearing loss.

Importance of Addressing Hearing Loss

It is often many years from the time that people first notice signs of hearing loss before they take the steps to address it. However, research studies have revealed important reasons why people should address their hearing loss as early as possible.

Neuroplasticity – “Use it or it will start doing something else”

Clients being fitted for the first time, who have endured more severe hearing losses, are more likely to say something along the lines of, “it sounds tinny”. Unfortunately, this has more to do with changes in the brain that occurred while it was deprived of sounds, rather than anything to do with the sound quality of the hearing aid itself.

Sounds are processed in the brain by neurons that are “wired” to process them at specific frequencies. Research has now shown that when those neurons are denied sound within those frequencies due to hearing loss, the brain will reprogram those neurons to do something else. In simple terms, this could be described as “use it, or it will start doing something else”.

This has led to three key improvements in the field of hearing care:

  •  Early intervention will produce the greatest long-term benefit and satisfaction for wearers of hearing aids.
  •  Aural rehabilitation is often necessary when introducing a hearing aid to someone who has lived with hearing loss for a long time. Exposure to tinny sounds is necessary to ensure  the brain is retrained to become familiar with such frequencies once more.
  •  Clinicians need to manage clients’ expectations when they are being fitted with a hearing aid for the first time – particularly if they have lived with hearing loss for a long time.


Don’t wait. Act on hearing loss now!

If you suspect that you are affected by hearing loss, then it important to act quickly to avoid long-term issues associated with the condition. Call us today to schedule a hearing evaluation!

Effects of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can affect your life in many ways. You may miss out on conversations with friends and family. You may have trouble facing new surroundings. On the telephone, you may find it hard to hear what the caller is saying. At the doctor's office, you may not understand the doctor's words. You may feel insecure in daily situations, and sometimes hearing loss can make you feel embarrassed, upset, and lonely.


It's easy to withdraw when you can't follow a conversation at the dinner table or in a restaurant. It's also easy for friends and family to think you are confused, uncaring, or difficult, when the problem may be that you just can't hear well. Those suffering from hearing loss can become isolated by their inability to effectively communicate. That's why it is vitally important to see a hearing specialist if hearing loss is suspected.


If left untreated, hearing loss can lead to depression, high blood pressure, anxiety, and other unhealthy feelings and behaviors. Hearing loss does not have to get in the way of your ability to enjoy life.


Call one of our hearing centers to schedule a hearing evaluation, and find out if hearing loss is affecting your health and your enjoyment of life.