A Constant Connection
Your hearing is not designed to be switched off, in fact it’s in operation every second of the day…imagine if suddenly it wasn’t there.
How can you understand what your hearing does for you if it is always operating?
Sometimes the best way to understand the role something plays is to take it away and see what the impact of its absence is. Think how frustrating it is when:
- Your electricity is suddenly turned off
- Your internet connection drops out
- Turn on the kitchen tap delivers only a slow trickle of water
Unlike vision, which is easy to take away by simply closing your eyes, loss of hearing is very difficult to simulate.
Hearing is one of the brain’s primary connections to the outside world, providing it with a very specific type of information that it can’t get from our other senses. In fact hearing begins connecting our brains to the outside world even before we are born and is the last sense to go when we lose consciousness.
We expect these connections to be strong and constant. We rely on them. We expect them to be there for us the moment we need them.
Your hearing is the one connection we very much take for granted, more than any other and many ofus have never known what it is like to be without this connection.
“Hearing enables us to connect all that we are, and all that we can be, to each and every moment we encounter.”
Your brain requires a constant uninterrupted feed of auditory information. Silence is not natural for your brain and silence increases your stress levels dramatically. Your brain needs sound to keep you in the moment and most importantly, keeping you calm.
Your hearing is your primary means of staying connected, yet we take hearing so much for granted. If we fail to keep our own connections strong and constant, we begin to disconnect from society, until we begin to lose touch all together.
If you think your connection with the world is decreasing perhaps its time to have your hearing checked so you can begin to reconnect with your life.
All information is provided in the interests of Hearing Health education and is of a general nature. In all cases you should consult your doctor or other allied health professional for advice regarding your individual circumstances.