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When hearing loss sets in, there is a tendency to reduce or eliminate social interaction.  It can be frustrating Read more...
When hearing loss sets in, there is a tendency to reduce or eliminate social interaction.  It can be frustrating to continually ask people to repeat themselves, or embarrassing to regularly misunderstand what someone says.  The temptation is to avoid awkward interactions all together and just keep to yourself.  However, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, social environments may actually help your hearing:
"The ear is modifiable," said Walter Wilczynski, a professor in the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State. "It's plastic. It can change by getting better or worse at picking up signals, depending on particular types of experiences, such as listening to social signals.”
Read more here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160425100539.htm
Researchers recently used green tree frogs to run an experiment around their simple social system.  They found that having multiple frogs making noises together helped them to pick out important sounds out of the noise, as opposed to having the frog be solitary.  The implication for humans is this; the more social cues people with hearing loss hear, the more likely their ears and brain will be able to distinguish the sounds that they deem more important. 
Since hearing loss makes social situations a little bit tougher, it can be very important to try and stay socially active so that your ears adapt.  If you are noticing that your hearing is making social interactions difficult, the best thing you can do is seek out a hearing care professional.  With hearing aids and staying socially engaged, you continue to enjoy the important sounds in your life.
CaptionCall is an active advocate for people with hearing loss.  We encourage people with hearing loss to seek treatment early and to actively manage their hearing health.  Our mission is to help people with hearing loss stay socially connected for a longer, happier, healthier life!
Written by John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator