According to researchers at the University of Colorado, presenting their findings to the Acoustical Society of America, the human brain responds to hearing loss by reorganizing how neurotransmitters activate across synaptic connections. That is, the part of the brain devoted to hearing can actually become reorganized through neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to change), essentially reassigning its duty to other functions such as vision or touch. It’s a phenomenon referred to as cross-modal cortical reorganization, or in other words, the brain rewiring itself. This process can have serious effects on cognition, reducing the brain’s ability to process sound and understand speech. Once this process has begun, the areas of the brain needed for higher level thinking begin to compensate for the weaker one, leaving a void in its original function. Even in early hearing loss, the brain starts to reorganize, so proactivity in treatment is important.
Research shows that a child’s brain must be stimulated to develop properly, and modern hearing devices can help a child’s brain by allowing the child to hear which will build their vocabulary, which will promote conversation, which will enable interaction with others and build their self-confidence. Oklahoma Hearing Center offers several different brands of hearing aids which are fantastic for severe hearing loss in children; they are especially designed to help children overcome the challenges of severe hearing loss. Making the decision to take the first step to call Oklahoma Hearing Center so your child can experience the constant sound approach will provide your child the best opportunity to get the most out of their hearing.
If you believe your child is suffering from hearing loss, take this quiz from The American Academy of Otolaryngology, then follow up with Oklahoma Hearing Center to book an appointment with an audiologist. Untreated hearing loss can lead to fatigue, tension, stress, and depression. In addition, hearing loss in your child may reduce their alertness and create a hazard to their personal safety. It may also encourage them to withdraw from social situations, affect their ability to learn new tasks, and negatively impact their overall health. Oklahoma Hearing Center, along with Oklahoma Otolaryngology Associates, provide the best hearing aids for severe hearing loss and treat their patients with cutting edge hearing healthcare. If your child’s hearing needs to be evaluated, call Oklahoma Hearing Center today at 405-562-1810.