Man talking to grocery cashier and laughing because he hears her.

Hearing aids are supposed to be used daily. But you’re also supposed to wash out your milk jugs before recycling them. We don’t always do what we’re supposed to. The same goes for hearing aids. Sometimes we forget to take them with us. You might even forget to wear it for more than one day.

That’s not good. Because there are numerous things that happen (or continue to happen) when you don’t use your hearing aids. And, honestly, the majority of them are rather bad.

Consequences of Failing to Use Your Hearing Aids

Much of what happens when you fail to wear your hearing aids will impact both your hearing health and your social life, each with varying degrees of severity and intensity. The effects and consequences of failing to wear your hearing aids could include the following.

Your Degree of Hearing Loss Will Get Worse

The technology of hearing aids is pretty amazing. Not only do they let you hear sounds that you otherwise wouldn’t have, but they also keep your auditory complex working smoothly (that’s the part of your brain responsible for the interpretation of sounds).

You may damage your hearing even more if, instead of wearing your hearing aids, you start cranking up the volume on your devices even higher than they already are. Even if you’re keeping the volumes under control, 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 most likely keep getting worse (which means you’ll need even more powerful hearing aids in the near future).

It Will Become More Difficult to Interact Socially

You know when you go to the store and you get into a short conversation with the cashier? They’re enjoyable, we think. A nice little bit of humanity in a technology-driven world.

These everyday social connections suddenly become very difficult 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 every time a scenario like this occurs, you will tend to retreat socially more and more. And the result can be even more significant.

Hearing Aids And Mental Decline

When you separate yourself socially, your brain gets much less exercise. After you have a nice conversation with your family, think about how revitalized (or exhausted) you can feel. Certain cognitive functions can begin to decline or decline faster without this exercise. This could mean:

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

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 starts to atrophy when certain nerves begin to weaken from lack of stimulation. This can make it harder to get used to your new hearing aids and in the worst case speed up mental decline.

Your brain remains happy, stimulated, and engaged when you use hearing aids.

Losing The Ability to be Independent

Needing a little more help, as you age, is not uncommon. Perhaps you hire a neighbor to mow your lawn or ask your son to swing by with supplies more often. You are probably to accelerate your loss of independence if you’re not using your hearing aids.

You can miss phone calls or fail to hear parts of conversations with your neighbor when you don’t wear your hearing aids. You may miss important weather alerts. Perhaps you fail to hear your dog barking when there’s somebody at the door or your cat meowing in the morning when he needs food.

Is There Any Solution?

Wearing a hearing aid won’t solve all of life’s problems, no matter how technologically inventive those little devices become. 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’re uncomfortable.

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

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