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What Happens If You Don’t Wear Your Hearing Aids?

Your brain will rust when you don’t wear your hearing aids often.

Let me explain.  When I was a young boy, with hopes to play college basketball, my dad would often say, “Practice makes perfect.”

Can you imagine how poorly I would’ve played without practicing all week?  Years have gone by now, and I admit that I do not play basketball like I used to – I have gotten rusty.

Why is this relevant?

Well, consistent hearing aid use allows you to get comfortable with something inside your ear canal, and it exercises and stimulates your brain.

It helps you get comfortable with all types of sound and creates opportunities for you to hear better and be in tune with reality.

Some patients expect to hear well despite not wearing their hearing aids regularly.  You don’t hear with your ears; you hear with your brain.  Hearing aid use is like exercise.  If you want to get your ears in shape, you need to exercise them every day.

How long should I wear my hearing aids for?

Aside from sleeping, areas that involve water or excessive moisture, or extremely dusty environments, hearing aids should be worn all day (average 8-15 hours daily).

It takes time for the brain to learn to recognize words through the hearing aids.  Learning to listen to amplified sound is like trying to understand people who speak with an unfamiliar accent.

At first, the words seem foreign, but slowly, they become clearer and easier to recognize.  Even when you’re alone, the sounds we hear help to orient us to our surroundings.

You’ll simply find that you enjoy being tuned in again to what is happening around you when you continually wear your hearing aids.

Hearing & Balance Doctors Can Help You Achieve Better Hearing

You can do it. If your hearing aids are not providing you much benefit anymore, please call and schedule a free hearing aid check and a free consultation with one of our doctors of audiology at (435) 688-8991

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Dr. Richard Luekenga

Dr. Luekenga opened Hearing & Balance Doctors of Utah in 2005. Since that time he has been dedicated to creating state-of-the-art facilities filled with the latest technology along with the most qualified and caring hearing healthcare team. He received his Doctor of Audiology from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. His doctorate is supported by his B.A. at Utah State University, clinical fellowship at Bountiful Hearing Center and further clinical experience at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, IHC Hearing and Balance Center, The Kosair Children’s Hospital, Heuser Hearing Institute (Deaf Oral School), and Avada Hearing and Balance Center, to name a few. With this long list of experience, it is clear that Dr. Luekenga is very passionate about good hearing and is well-versed in the advances of hearing aid technology. He is equally as passionate about helping patients that feel off-balance, dizzy, lightheaded, or unsteady, and understands the need these patients have to get back on their feet! Additionally, he provides counseling and therapy for patients who experience tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in their ears).

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