Hearing aids are supposed to be used daily. But you’re also supposed to wash out your milk jugs before you recycle them. Occasionally, we don’t do the things we’re supposed to. It’s the same for hearing aids. Occasionally we forget to take them with us. You may even forget to wear it for more than one day.
That isn’t a really good idea. Because there are numerous things that happen (or continue to happen) when you don’t use your hearing aids. And, to be honest, the majority of them are rather negative.
Consequences of Failing to Use 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 consequences.
Your Hearing Will Keep Diminishing
The technology of hearing aids is pretty amazing. 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 region of your brain responsible for the interpretation of sounds).
If you “forget” to wear your hearing aids and, instead, turn up your TV to an even louder volume, you might be doing additional damage to your hearing. Even if you’re keeping the volumes under control, issues with your brain can result from the lack of sensory stimuli. (It actually shrinks.) So you will probably wind up needing more powerful hearing aids in the future if you fail to wear your current pair because your hearing will keep getting worse.
It Will Become More Challenging to Interact Socially
You know those short interactions you have with the cashier as you’re cashing out at the grocery store? Those conversations are pleasant. In a world dominated by technology, these little talks are a touch of humanity.
When you don’t wear your hearing aids, these basic social connections can quickly become a lot more challenging. You have to ask the cashier to repeat himself. Again and again. And that’s when the conversation becomes really awkward. That might not sound serious but every time a scenario like this happens, you will tend to retreat socially more and more. And that can lead to even more substantial issues.
Mental Decline And Hearing Aids
Your brain doesn’t get nearly as much exercise when you seclude yourself. After you have a pleasant 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:
- Declines in productivity or energy
- Memory problems
- Balance issues
But there’s more. Because there are particular parts of your brain and nervous system that need to hear sounds. Without stimulation, certain nerves will begin to weaken, and your auditory complex begins to atrophy. This can result in an even more rapid mental decline (or, even in the best-case scenario, make adjusting to your hearing aids even more challenging).
Your brain stays happy, stimulated, and engaged when you wear hearing aids.
Loss of Independence
Needing a little more help, as you get older, is not uncommon. Perhaps you ask a family member to go to the store for you or a neighbor to do some yard work. You are likely to accelerate your loss of independence if you’re not wearing your hearing aids.
You can miss phone calls or lose parts of conversations with your neighbor when you don’t use your hearing aids. You could miss important weather alerts. Perhaps you don’t hear your cat meowing for food at night or your dog barking at somebody knocking on your door.
What’s The Solution?
No matter how technologically sophisticated hearing aids get, they won’t solve all of life’s issues. But they will solve many problems related to not using your hearing aids.
You should come see us for assistance if you’re having issues with your hearing aids or if they’re not comfortable.
But if you’re looking for reasons to refrain from using your hearing aids, if you’re just leaving them in the nightstand drawer, it’s worth taking a little time to consider what might be gained by using them… and what could happen if you don’t use your hearing aids.