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Hearing aids are meant to be worn daily. But before you recycle your milk containers, you’re supposed to rinse them out too. We don’t always do what we’re supposed to. So yeah, you skip taking your hearing aids out of their storage container occasionally. You may even forget to wear it for more than a day.

That’s not good. Because when you don’t use your hearing aids several things occur and some things already happening get worse. And the majority of them, to be honest, aren’t very good.

Consequences of Forgetting to Use Your Hearing Aids

Much of what occurs when you fail to use your hearing aids will impact both your hearing health and your social life, each with varying levels of severity and intensity. Here are some of those effects and consequences.

Your Level of Hearing Impairment Will Worsen

Hearing aids are impressive gadgets. Not only do they allow you to hear sounds that you normally wouldn’t have, but they also keep your auditory complex running smoothly (that’s the part of your brain responsible for interpreting sounds).

You might damage your hearing even more if, instead of using your hearing aids, you start turning the volume up on your devices even louder than they already are. Even if you’re not raising the volume, the missing sensory input results in issues with your brain. (It actually shrinks.) So you’ll probably wind up needing more powerful hearing aids in the future if you fail to wear your current pair because your hearing will continue to get worse.

It Will Become More Difficult to Interact Socially

You know those short conversations you have with the cashier as you’re cashing out at the grocery store? They’re pleasant, we think. In a world dominated by technology, these little talks are a touch of humanity.

When you don’t use your hearing aids, these simple social interactions can quickly become a lot more difficult. You regularly miss parts of the conversation and have to ask people to repeat themselves. Again and again. And after that, the conversation just quickly falls apart. That may not sound serious but every time a scenario like this occurs, you will tend to withdraw socially more and more. And that can lead to even more substantial problems.

Mental Decline And Hearing Aids

Your brain doesn’t get close to as much exercise when you seclude yourself. Think about how revitalized (or exhausted) you can feel after a good conversation or an enjoyable evening meal with your family. Without that exercise, certain mental processes can begin to decline (or decline faster). This could mean:

  • Declines in energy or productivity
  • Depression
  • Balance issues
  • Memory problems

But that’s not the entire picture. Because hearing sound is vitally important to certain regions of your nervous system and brain. Your auditory complex begins to atrophy when certain nerves begin to weaken from lack of stimulation. This can make it more difficult to get used to your new hearing aids and in the worst case accelerate the mental decline.

Hearing aids keep your brain active, stimulated, and happy (more or less).

Loss of Independence

Needing a bit more help, as you age, is not uncommon. Maybe you ask a family member to go to the store for you or a neighbor to do some yard work. If you aren’t wearing your hearing aid, you could be expediting the loss of independence that often accompanies aging.

You can miss phone calls or fail to hear parts of conversations with your neighbor when you don’t use your hearing aids. You may miss important weather alerts. Maybe you don’t hear your cat meowing for food at night or your dog barking at someone ringing your doorbell.

Is There Any Solution?

No matter how technologically advanced hearing aids become, they won’t solve all of life’s issues. But they will solve a lot of the problems associated with not using your hearing aids.

If you’re having issues with your hearing aids or if they’re not comfortable, that’s one thing (and you should talk to us about finding solutions to those specific issues).

It’s worth taking some time to consider what the consequences will be if you avoid using your hearing aids and also what the benefits of wearing them may be.

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References

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/otolaryngology/specialty_areas/hearing/faq.html
https://www.webmd.com/brain/news/20140128/hearing-loss-tied-to-faster-brain-shrinkage-with-age
https://www.apa.org/monitor/2019/05/ce-corner-isolation

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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