If you’re spending more time at home lately, you may wonder about the need for daily hearing aid use. But hearing aids aren’t just for the hustle and bustle. Daily use — even while social distancing — can help you hear more and improve your relationships with your loved ones.
Do I need to wear hearing aids while at home?
Yes, you do. More time at home doesn’t mean less time wearing hearing aids or less opportunities to hear fully. Even if you’re apart from loved ones, the ability to hear every day sounds at home — birds chirping outside, laundry cycles, water boiling — can help boost your mood, improve your well-being and maintain the sound quality you initially became accustomed to while getting used to hearing aids.
Just like regular exercise is essential to keep your body healthy and strong, hearing aids should be worn daily to “exercise” the ears. Hearing the sounds, you love most — grandkids’ voices, rainfall and thunderstorms, music, TV shows or movies — keeps you engaged with your environment and can improve life moments, big and small.
Additionally, it’s a good idea to wear hearing aids while alone for safety’s sake. While certain smoke and carbon monoxide detectors feature alarms that can be seen and heard, it’s important to stay alert for any emergency situation (think: a pet’s distress call, severe weather, or intruders).
What kind of changes will I experience by wearing hearing aids in my daily life?
Hearing better is just the beginning. Hearing aids improve quality of life by connecting you to your favorite people and activities, especially while social distancing. You may be working remotely with more frequent video conference calls or enjoying virtual game nights with family or friends. You may even have more time to listen to new podcasts while gardening. Wearing your hearing aids daily ensures you don’t miss a beat.
The importance of hearing health and overall benefits of hearing aids may not be obvious. For instance, you may experience:
- More positive, satisfying relationships
- Improved job performance
- Higher earning potential
- Reduced anxiety
- Increased confidence
- Reduced risk of dementia
- Improved cognitive function
Plus, as socially distanced small group gatherings become part of your routine again, you’ll be more comfortable having worn your hearing aids regularly.
What if I prefer to wear hearing aids only when socializing?
If you’re selective about when to wear hearing aids, you’re ultimately putting your long-term hearing health and cognitive brain function at risk. Choosing to treat hearing loss only some of the time may result in a phenomenon called auditory deprivation. If the brain doesn’t receive auditory information or stimulation, speech recognition can decline at a faster rate than if signals were being sent through a hearing aid.
It’s true getting used to hearing aids takes some time, but the payoff and long-term benefits are worth the hearing aid frustration you may experience initially. And remember: Our hearing care specialists are available to help coach you through any discomfort and make a hearing aid adjustment, if needed.
Improving your quality of life is no small task. But we’re confident hearing aids will help you get there.
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