Playing music could be good for your hearing
Research suggests that playing music, within a reasonable range could be good for your hearing. Surprisingly, playing music at reasonable levels could
lessen the typical decline of making out speech against background sounds that comes with aging.
Less background noise throughout a persons life can lead to problems. The reason behind this is the under-stimulation of the central auditory system. Here are a few hearing healthcare facts related to reduced long term exposure to competing noise.
- The ability of the auditory neural system to process complex signals may decline through lack of stimulation. Those complex systems help to recognize speech. The ability for speech recognition can go down For example, individuals with bilateral hearing loss who use only one hearing aid tend to find a decline in speech recognition ability in the unaided ears.
- Another issue related to less hearing stimulation is the length of time it takes for people experiencing hearing loss to treat the condition with hearing aids. The longer a person with hearing loss postpones getting hearing aids, the more difficult it is to adjust to the newfound, loud noises they can now hear. The adjustment to amplification is harder due to the ongoing lack of stimulation.
This is why it is crucial to address your hearing loss. The longer you live with lower levels of hearing, the more accustomed you become, and the harder it is to adjust to better hearing with the use of hearing aids. It is possible that without the stimulation within the auditory system, that hearing levels that could once be somewhat maintained with hearing aids is not possible later.
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Source: Audiology HealthCare News, Summer 2019