Auditory Deprivation Explained

Depriving the Brain of Acoustic Information Affects Speech Recognition

All levels of hearing loss deprive the auditory centers in the brain of acoustic information. Left untreated, hearing loss sufferers increasingly continue to lose their ability to understand speech, and results in a severe communication breakdown, along with difficulty communicating with others.

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The Brain

Ears are only pathways to bring sound through the auditory system to the brain.  The brain must translate these high/low-frequency sounds for speech intelligibility.

 

Tao of the Ear

Humans have a dominant ear to focus on nearby voices – the opposite ear monitors ambient noise around us. Hearing loss sufferers lack this natural relationship; thus the mixing of signals and increased difficulty communicating in background noise.

 

Noise vs. Voice

Majority of hearing loss sufferers are deprived of high-frequency sounds. They may hear random noise with little/no difficulty, but have significant difficulty understanding the complex, high frequency sounds in speech.

 

High vs. Low Frequency

The brain processes sound across a broad spectrum. Low-frequencies (base tones) make up the background noise around us, where high-frequencies (treble tones) are critical for voice clarity.

 

Aural Rehabilitation

While we carry a full line of hearing devices; AURAL REHABILITATION is the missing link for reversing the effects of Auditory Deprivation.  Aural Rehabilitation is strength training for your brain like physical therapy would be for your broken arm, shoulder, hip, etc.