Plastic Makes It Possible… Hearing?
Plastic is said to be one of the major innovations that has fueled advancements in all aspect of technology and product development. With plastic being integrated into all aspects of our everyday life, the slogan “Plastics make it possible®” captures the idea that “it” can be anything and everything. How does plastic help your hearing? Aside from the fact that hearing aids are made of many components containing plastic, I like to think of our brains’ ability to be “plastic” and adapt to changes in how we process sound.
Brain Plasticity and Sound
One of the most amazing aspects of the human brain is its ability to change and adapt throughout the course of an individual’s life. One of the best examples of this plasticity in regard to hearing is that of a child who receives a cochlear implant. It is common that if a child receives a cochlear implant at an early age, his or her brain can adapt to the artificial stimulation through the cochlear implant and have very good language acquisition. This change is not magic or automatic, but requires extensive work and therapy that helps the brain manage the transition.
When dealing with the brain and hearing, practice doesn’t make perfect … Practice makes permanent. If you are ignoring a hearing loss or using hearing aids without consistency you may be limiting communication outcomes for the future. Yes, the brain is plastic and can make some amazing adaptations, but the longer it is deprived of normal stimulation and the older we get, more difficult those adaptations become.
If you or a loved one have noticed increased difficulties in communication and are ready talk about options for improving your hearing, call ENT Audiology Center at (325) 437-3617 to set up your comprehensive hearing evaluation. ENT Audiology Center, “Helping You Hear Better So You Can Live Life Better.”