After a long winter, we’re finally entering the spring season! This means blooming flowers and hearing the sounds of nature come alive again. One of the sounds that people with hearing loss miss is a singing bird.
Did you know that birds can never become permanently deaf?
According to Stanford Medicine, birds cannot permanently lose their sense of hearing when it’s noise-induced. When they do encounter sonorous sounds, the sensory hair cells that are found in the bird’s inner ear can regrow when they are damaged. Their hearing loss becomes quickly restored.
Unfortunately, that cannot happen for humans. When our sensory hair cells are damaged, they are destroyed, die off, and cannot grow back. This can be caused by aging and contact with loud noises. New cells cannot replace them. On the other hand, for amphibians, birds, and reptiles, these cells can regrow.
For humans, hearing aids cannot restore hearing, but they can slow down hearing loss the hearing that they still have. Remember, healthy hearing is vital for cognitive health/function and reducing social isolation which can lead to depression. If you or a loved one are experiencing hearing loss and need hearing aids, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a complimentary hearing test and consultation.