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You’re supposed to wear your hearing aids every day. But you’re also supposed to rinse out your milk containers before you recycle them. We don’t always do what we’re supposed to. It’s the same for hearing aids. Sometimes we forget to take them with us. Maybe you even go a day, or a week, or maybe a few weeks (a month?) without wearing your hearing aids.

That’s not good. Because there are several things that happen (or continue to happen) when you don’t wear your hearing aids. And the majority of them, to be honest, aren’t good.

Consequences of Neglecting to Use Your Hearing Aids

There will be repercussions of varying levels of intensity and severity, both to your health and social life, if you don’t use your hearing aid. The effects and consequences of neglecting to use your hearing aids could include the following.

Your Level of Hearing Loss Will Get Worse

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

You might damage your hearing even more if, instead of using your hearing aids, you begin cranking the volume up on your devices even louder than they already are. Even if you’re keeping the volumes in check, issues with your brain can result from the lack of sensory input. (It actually shrinks.) So if you don’t use your hearing aids, your hearing will likely keep getting worse (so you’ll need even more powerful hearing aids before long).

It Will Become More Difficult to Interact Socially

You know when you go to the market and you get into a short conversation with the cashier? Those conversations are nice. In a world dominated by technology, these little chats are a touch of humanity.

These everyday social interactions suddenly become really hard when you don’t wear your hearing aids. You have to ask the cashier to repeat what they said. Over and over. And that’s when the conversation becomes really uncomfortable. That may not sound serious but each time a scenario like this happens, you will tend to retreat socially more and more. And the outcome can be even more significant.

Mental Decline And Hearing Aids

When you separate yourself socially, your brain gets much less exercise. After you have a pleasant conversation with your family, think about how invigorated (or exhausted) you can feel. Without that exercise, particular mental processes can begin to decline (or decline faster). This could mean:

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

But there’s more. Because hearing sound is vitally important to certain parts of your nervous system and brain. Without stimulation, certain nerves will begin to weaken, and your auditory complex starts to atrophy. This can make it more difficult to adjust to your new hearing aids and in the worst case speed up mental decline.

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

Losing The Ability to be Independent

It’s not unusual, as you age, to require a bit more help. Perhaps you get 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 speeding up the loss of independence that often accompanies aging.

When you don’t wear your hearing aids, it can rapidly become harder to answer the phone or talk with your neighbor. It’s possible that you will miss important alerts. Maybe you don’t hear your cat meowing at night for food or your dog barking at somebody ringing your doorbell.

What’s The Solution?

Wearing a hearing aid is not going to solve all of life’s problems, regardless of how technologically inventive those little devices get. But they will solve many problems associated with not wearing your hearing aids.

If you’re having issues with your hearing aids or if they’re uncomfortable, that’s one thing (and you should speak with us about getting solutions to those specific problems).

It’s worth taking a little time to think about what the consequences will be if you avoid wearing your hearing aids and also what the benefits of using 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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