How long does it take for hearing loss to affect speech recognition?

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We live in an aging society, and the healthy life of the elderly has become the focus of social attention. Hearing impairment, as a common chronic disease among the elderly, has seriously affected the quality of life of the elderly, especially patients with severe presbycusis. Due to poor speech discrimination ability, it is difficult to communicate well with relatives and friends even with the help of Hearing Aids. . If things continue like this, the physical and mental health of the elderly will definitely be seriously affected.


How long does it take for hearing loss to affect speech recognition rate?


Generally, the impact will be greater after 2 years or more. Speech discrimination ability has a great relationship with the individual's knowledge and cultural level, as well as the degree of hearing loss and the number of years of hearing loss. Therefore, it is generally recommended to detect hearing loss problems early and intervene early.


The longer the hearing loss lasts, the memory of some words in the auditory center will become more and more blurred, and even later there will be no memory at all, without timely intervention. The understanding of many words will be weakened. Even if you can hear the sound, you will not know what to say, and the speech resolution will become very poor.


Generally, the hearing loss of the elderly is a progressive hearing loss, that is, as time goes by, they gradually feel that they can no longer hear what others say. Especially in noisy environments. This is due to the loss of certain frequency bands. If speech or sound stimulation in these frequency bands cannot be heard for a long time, speech will be lost, resulting in "language degradation." At this time, the brain's function of recognizing speech is also degenerating. The longer the hearing loss lasts, the worse the speech recognition ability will be.


Generally speaking, if the hearing loss lasts for a long time and no compensation measures are taken, the speech recognition ability will gradually decline. The longer the time, the more the decline will be! Because we all have our own hearing memory, if the sound we hear is outside of our hearing memory, such as listening to the dialect of an unfamiliar area or listening to a foreign language, we will be able to hear it but not understand it! The listening memory we have is not permanent and can be forgotten. If you cannot hear certain pronunciations for a long time, when you hear them again, it will also cause: you can hear it, but you can’t understand it!

Speech recognition ability plays a very important role in our daily communication, so we must pay attention to maintaining the existing speech recognition ability and maintaining the existing listening memory. Once discoveredHearing loss needs to be compensated in time! Minimizing the impact of hearing loss on our speech recognition ability can also improve the wearing effect of hearing aids! The earlier hearing aids are put on, the better the results will be.