This afternoon Melissa is headed to the SF Towers to present to their wellness group on the importance of listening and cognition.
She is excited to share the most recent research on listening and the brain, helping attendees understand that listening is a cognitive process, not a mechanical one, and that you hear with your brain and not your ears.
Our friends at Oticon have dedicated a part of their site to the importance of hearing and the brain, and we love this explanation of listening: "The ears receive sounds and it is in the brain that they are processed to give meaning to you. And whenever there are missing sounds, the brain tries to fill the gap – an often difficult and exhausting process. Good hearing isn’t simply a question of making sounds loud enough. It’s about helping your brain understand the sounds you hear. That’s why we’ve moved from an "ear first" to a "brain first" approach to hearing."
We can't wait to hear how the event goes, and to see photos of the group after today's presentation!