You’re supposed to wear your hearing aids daily. But before you recycle your milk jugs, you’re supposed to wash them out too. We don’t always do what we’re supposed to. It’s the same for hearing aids. Occasionally we forget to take them with us. You might even forget to use it for more than one day.
That isn’t a very good idea. Because when you don’t use your hearing aids a number of things occur and some things already developing get worse. And, honestly, the majority of them are kind of negative.
Effects And Consequences of Not Using Your Hearing Aids
Much of what happens when you fail to wear your hearing aids will affect both your hearing health and your social life, each with varying levels of severity and intensity. Here are a few of those effects and repercussions.
Your Degree of Hearing Impairment Will Get Worse
Hearing aids are amazing gadgets. Not only do they allow you to hear sounds that you normally wouldn’t have, but they also keep your auditory complex working efficiently (that’s the part of your brain responsible for the interpretation of sounds).
You could damage your hearing even more if, instead of wearing your hearing aids, you begin turning the volume up on your devices even higher than they already are. Even if you’re keeping the volumes in check, problems with your brain can result from the lack of sensory input. (It actually shrinks.) So if you don’t wear your hearing aids, your hearing will most likely keep getting worse (which means you’ll need even more powerful hearing aids before long).
It Will Become More Difficult to Engage Socially
You know when you go to the store and you get into a short discussion with the cashier? They’re pleasant, we think. A nice little touch of humanity in a technological world.
These normal social connections suddenly become very hard when you don’t wear your hearing aids. You need to ask the cashier to repeat himself. Again and again. And after that, the conversation just quickly becomes strained. Perhaps that sounds superficial, but every bit you withdraw into yourself makes it that much easier to entirely seclude yourself socially. And the result can be even more significant.
Hearing Aids And Mental Decline
When you separate yourself socially, your brain gets much less exercise. Think about how invigorated (or exhausted) you can feel after a good chat or an enjoyable evening dinner with your family. Certain cognitive functions can begin to decline or decline faster without this exercise. This could mean:
- Balance issues
- Memory issues
- Declines in energy or productivity
But that’s not the entire picture. Because there are certain parts of your brain and nervous system that need to hear sounds. Your auditory complex starts to atrophy when certain nerves begin to weaken from lack of stimulation. This can make it harder to adapt to your new hearing aids and in the worst case accelerate the cognitive decline.
Hearing aids keep your brain engaged, stimulated, and happy (more or less).
Losing The Ability to be Independent
Needing a little more help, as you age, is not abnormal. Perhaps you get a neighbor to mow your lawn or ask your daughter to swing by with groceries more often. You are likely speeding up your loss of independence if you’re not using your hearing aids.
When you don’t wear your hearing aids, it can rapidly become harder to answer the phone or have a conversation 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.
Is There Any Solution?
Using a hearing aid won’t solve all of life’s problems, regardless of how technologically inventive those little devices get. But they will solve a lot of the issues associated with not wearing your hearing aids.
You should come see us for assistance if you’re having problems with your hearing aids or if they are uncomfortable.
It’s worth taking a little time to consider what the consequences will be if you avoid using your hearing aids and also what the advantages of using them may be.