Do I have to get hearing aids? No, you don’t have to get hearing aids, but you might really want to consider this information. You may think your hearing really isn’t that bad or that hearing aids cost too much. So what if you have to turn up the TV and ask people to repeat more often. What people don’t realize is the longer you wait to treat hearing loss, the more difficult it can be to correct. The brain actually interprets what we hear. If you have a hearing loss, even a mild loss, the brain is not receiving all of the information it needs. Even when those forgotten sounds are reintroduced through hearing aid amplification, the brain may not be able to effectively use this new information. At this point in time, there is no medication or surgery that can correct nerve loss. However, if you seek help in time, hearing aids can help. Hearing aids not only enhance what is left of your hearing but they actually preserve or maintain your ability to process sounds and make sense of conversation. Consider the costs of untreated hearing loss. If you still feel the need to wait, remember that it is your decision. But don’t wait too long!