Hearing aids are meant to be used daily. But before you recycle your milk jugs, you’re supposed to wash them out too. Sometimes, we don’t do the things we’re supposed to. It’s the same for hearing aids. Sometimes we forget to bring them with us. You may even forget to wear it for more than one day.
That isn’t a really smart idea. Because when you don’t use your hearing aids several things happen and some things already developing get worse. And, honestly, the majority of them are kind of bad.
Effects And Repercussions of Not Using 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. Here are some of those effects and consequences.
Your Degree of Hearing Impairment Will Worsen
The technology of hearing aids is rather remarkable. They improve your ability to hear and help keep your auditory complex (the part of the brain that interprets sound) working efficiently.
You might damage your hearing even more if, instead of using your hearing aids, you start turning up the volume on your devices even higher than they already are. Even if you’re not boosting the volume, the missing sensory input contributes to issues with your brain. (It actually shrinks.) So if you don’t wear your hearing aids, your hearing will most likely continue to get worse (which means 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? They’re pleasant, we think. In a world of technology, these little chats are a touch of humanity.
These everyday social connections suddenly become really difficult when you don’t wear your hearing aids. You have to ask the cashier to repeat what they said. Again and again. And after that, the conversation just quickly becomes strained. That might not sound significant 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.
Hearing Aids And Mental Decline
When you separate yourself socially, your brain gets a lot less exercise. After you have a pleasant conversation with your family, think about how invigorated (or exhausted) you can feel. Certain cognitive functions can begin to decline or decline faster without this exercise. This could mean:
- Memory issues
- Declines in energy or productivity
- Balance issues
But that’s not the entire picture. Because hearing sound is vitally essential to certain regions of your nervous system and brain. Without stimulation, certain nerves will start to weaken, and your auditory complex begins to atrophy. This can lead to an even more accelerated cognitive decline (or, even in the best-case scenario, make adjusting to your hearing aids even more challenging).
Your brain remains happy, stimulated, and active when you use hearing aids.
Loss of Independence
Needing a bit more help, as you age, is not abnormal. Perhaps you get a neighbor to mow your lawn or ask your son to swing by with supplies more often. You are likely speeding up 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 wear your hearing aids. You may miss important weather alerts. Maybe you don’t hear your dog barking when there’s someone at the door or your cat meowing at 6 am when he’s hungry.
What’s The Solution?
No matter how technologically advanced hearing aids get, they won’t solve all of life’s problems. But many of the problems linked to failing to use your hearing aid can be resolved.
If you’re having trouble with your hearing aids or if they’re not comfortable, that’s one thing (and you should consult us about finding solutions to those specific issues).
But if you’re looking for reasons to avoid wearing your hearing aids, if you’re just leaving them in the nightstand drawer, it’s worth taking a little time to think about what may be gained by using them… and what could happen if you don’t wear your hearing aids.