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Hearing & Balance Doctors is currently open. We are taking special measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including offering a curbside service for hearing aids. Please call 435-688-8991 for more information. Utah: 435-688-8991 | Nevada: 702-896-0031

Should You Ever Take A Break From Your Hearing Aid?


We’ve all been forced to face a new normal this past year. Instead of going out to dinner or hanging out with friends, we’ve been cooped up inside with nowhere to go. As a hearing aid user, you might feel the desire only to wear your hearing aids when leaving the house — especially if you live independently.

While it might be tempting to wear your hearing aids less because you aren’t communicating with others as frequently, you should continue to wear them even if you aren’t leaving your house.

Here are three reasons why the Hearing & Balance Doctors believe you shouldn’t take a break from wearing your hearing aids.

1. Improves Your Hearing

While this might seem like a no-brainer, hearing is a critical sense that allows you to communicate or adjust to the world around you. Although you might be communicating with others less frequently during the pandemic, your hearing aids will help keep you connected with those in and outside your home.

Your ears and brain are constantly being trained to understand sounds and language in varying environments better — and this requires you to wear hearing devices. If you stop wearing your hearing aids, your brain uses essential neurons less and less, and you run the risk of killing or preventing the formation of these neurons that improve your hearing.

2. Stimulates Your Brain

Whether you’re venturing outside for socially distanced walks with friends or you’re staying inside the comfort of your home, you need to stimulate your brain. A study by Johns Hopkins found that untreated mild hearing loss doubles the risk for dementia for the patient. The risk of developing dementia increases five times if the patient has untreated severe hearing loss.

So, even if you aren’t communicating with people daily, wearing your hearing aids during all waking hours enables your ears to pick up everyday sounds that will keep your brain active.

3. Ensures Your Safety

When you aren’t wearing your hearing aids, you cannot hear what’s going on in your surrounding environment. This could be extremely dangerous during an emergency. In an instance where a siren or alarm is sounding, you need to hear it so you can react.

Wearing your hearing aids ensures you’ll always be able to hear any important or unusual noises that require you to act accordingly. Whether you’re on a walk and need to be able to hear a car honking or your home’s fire alarm going off, your hearing aids can be the difference between life and death.

Why Do You Want to Take a Break from Your Hearing Aids?

It’s important to ask yourself why you want to take a break from wearing your hearing aids. Are you forgetful, and it’s easier to go about your day without them in? Try making it a habit to put them on every morning when you’re brushing your teeth. Getting into a consistent routine will make it easier for you to remember to wear them.

Or do you not want to wear them because they’re uncomfortable or not working adequately? If this is the case, it’s important to consult an audiologist like the Hearing & Balance Doctors, who can help you determine if you need hearing aid repair or replacement.

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