What Everyone Should Know About Their Hearing Aids
“Do I need to wear my hearing aids during a quiet day at home?” This is a question we get a lot, and this blog will address this very important question, and provide you with all the reasons why it is important to still wear your hearing aids, even if you’re spending a quiet night indoors.
“How often do I really need to wear my hearing aids?”
Hearing aids in your ears means: things at home are easier to hear!
Hearing aids in your ears means: your brain is more active!
Brain stimulation is a huge benefit of treating hearing loss. When you are hearing sounds at home, whether it be in the garden, the kitchen, or a car door closing outside, you are staying connected to your world! Your brain is getting more input than without your hearing aids in. If the brain isn’t hearing sounds at a normal volume, this means those regions of the brain are not being as active as they should be, and over time these regions of the brain can actually shrink because they are not being stimulated. This can have an impact on your cognition and how your brain functions, and studies have shown untreated hearing loss can increase your risk of dementia. Giving the brain sounds to process means it has work to do… think of it like doing a word search puzzle but with your ears! An active brain is better than a sleepy one!
Hearing aids in your ears means: help with your tinnitus!
Hearing aids in your ears means: an easier time learning to handle your hearing aids!
Hearing aids in your ears means: an easier time adapting to the new sound!
Not only will you have practice putting the hearing aids in and out, but having your hearing aids in at home helps you adapt to the new soundscape of your life! For many of our patients, it has been several years since hearing sounds around your home at a normal volume. Sounds such as: footsteps, floors creaking, cutlery on dishes, zippers zipping, clocks ticking. These small background sounds may seem overwhelming or loud at the beginning, but the more hours you clock wearing your hearing aids, the more times you hear these sounds, and your brain will start to re-label them as background sounds and pay less attention.
We hope you read along and found yourself nodding in agreement with all these encouraging reasons to wear you hearing aids at home and when you are out. In short, our answer to the question at the start of this blog is “All waking hours”. If you think you would benefit from an extra appointment in the clinic with your audiologist to review how to handle your hearing aids, please give us a call!