You’re supposed to use your hearing aids every day. But before you recycle your milk containers, you’re supposed to rinse them out too. Occasionally, we don’t do the things we’re supposed to. So yeah, you forget to take your hearing aids out of the nightstand drawer once in a while. Perhaps you even go a day, or a week, or possibly a few weeks (a month?) without using your hearing aids.
That’s not great. 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 kind of bad.
Consequences of Forgetting to Wear Your Hearing Aids
Much of what happens when you fail to use your hearing aids will affect both your hearing health and your social life, each with varying levels of severity and intensity. The effects and repercussions of failing to wear your hearing aids could include the following.
Your Degree of Hearing Loss Will Worsen
Hearing aids are amazing devices. Not only do they allow you to hear sounds that you normally wouldn’t have, but they also keep your auditory complex running smoothly (that’s the region of your brain responsible for interpreting sounds).
If you “forget” to wear your hearing aids and, instead, turn your TV up to an even louder volume, you could be doing further damage to your hearing. Even if you’re keeping the volumes under control, issues with your brain can result from missing sensory input. (It actually shrinks.) So if you don’t wear your hearing aids, your hearing will likely continue to get worse (so you’ll need even more powerful hearing aids before long).
Social Interactions Will Become More Difficult (And Less Frequent)
You know those short interactions you have with the cashier as you’re cashing out at the supermarket? They’re enjoyable, we think. In a world of technology, these little talks are a touch of humanity.
These everyday social interactions suddenly become very hard when you don’t wear your hearing aids. You need to ask the cashier to repeat himself. Over and over. And after that, the conversation just quickly becomes strained. Maybe that sounds superficial, but every bit you withdraw into yourself makes it that much easier to entirely isolate yourself socially. And that can lead to even more substantial problems.
Mental Decline And Hearing Aids
Your brain doesn’t get close to as much exercise when you seclude yourself. After you have a nice conversation with your family, think about how revitalized (or exhausted) you can feel. Without that exercise, certain mental processes can begin to decline (or decline faster). This could mean:
- Balance issues
- Memory problems
- Declines in energy or productivity
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 cause an even more accelerated mental decline (or, even in the best-case scenario, make adapting to your hearing aids even more challenging).
Your brain stays happy, stimulated, and engaged when you wear hearing aids.
Loss of Independence
It’s not unusual, as you age, to require a bit more help. Maybe you get a family member to go shopping for you or a neighbor to do some yard work. You are likely to accelerate your loss of independence if you’re not using your hearing aids.
When you don’t wear your hearing aids, it can quickly become more difficult to answer the phone or talk with your neighbor. You might miss important weather alerts. Maybe you don’t hear your dog barking when there’s somebody at the door or your cat meowing at 6 am when he’s hungry.
What’s The Solution?
Using a hearing aid is not going to solve all of life’s problems, regardless of how technologically innovative those little gadgets get. But many of the issues linked to failing to wear your hearing aid can be solved.
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 think about what the repercussions will be if you avoid wearing your hearing aids and also what the advantages of wearing them may be.