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