Hearing is thinking.  Your ears collect sound, but it’s your brain that actually understands it. Good hearing helps your brain stay fit throughout your life—and helps avoid many other health problems. This means that hearing health is brain health.


Do you ever find…

• People keep mumbling?

• You miss the point in their stories?

• Or you can’t hear the TV?


And do you ever feel…

• Tired or stressed from socializing?

• Confused about conversations?

• Or that you’d prefer to stay at home?


Your brain may need more sound!

If your brain doesn’t get the sound information it needs, you'll find it more difficult to
understand what people are saying and what's happening around you. In this way, a hearing problem becomes a brain problem, which turns into life problems.


How hearing works in the brain

Sound travels from your ears to your brain's hearing center, where there are two subsystems: The orient subsystem and the focus subsystem. These constantly work together to help you understand the sound scene around you.

1: The orient subsystem constantly scans your surroundings to create a full overview of the sound scene.

2: The focus subsystem helps you select which sounds to listen to and which sounds to switch your attention to—while the irrelevant sounds are filtered out.

From here, sound is used by other brain centers including for memory and emotions.


Get professional hearing advice

One of the most important things you can do is to get a hearing test and then get proper treatment if you have any type of hearing loss.

A qualified hearing care professional can test your hearing for any signs of hearing loss. They can advise you on good, brain-friendly hearing aids and set them up to support your brain in the best way possible.


Susan Baker is the owner and operator of Advanced Hearing Services in Fort Collins. She has been helping people with hearing loss and Tinnitus for the past 22 years. Please call (970) 449-0592 for an appointment today.  Source: Oticon.com