Hearing aids are a valuable tool in treating hearing loss. The small but technologically advanced devices have a microphone that collects sound, an amplifier that raises its volume and a speaker that transmits it directly into the ear canal.
Hearing aids have many benefits including but not limited to:
- Tinnitus management
- Ease of communication
- Balance improvement
- Noise suppression features
If you’re new to hearing aids, you may have questions about hearing aid care and when you should and shouldn’t wear your devices. Many people new to hearing aids think they don’t need to wear them when they’re alone, but even when you’re not speaking to people, watching TV or listening to the radio, hearing aids should still be worn.
Let’s look at a couple of reasons why wearing your hearing aids while you’re alone can improve your overall experience with your new devices.
Hearing Aid Acclimation
Hearing aids take some time to get used to, and consistency of wear is crucial. Similar to how slipping on a new pair of glasses may feel weird at first, your brain and ears have to acclimate to your new hearing aids. Wearing your devices while alone can help your brain get used to hearing small sounds like dishes at home and wind rustling at Huckleberry Trails Park before you’re introduced to busy restaurants and dinner parties.
Hearing Aids Engage Your Brain
Auditory deprivation in those who have gone a long period without hearing can alter the brain’s ability to perceive and understand sound. Similar to how you may have a more challenging time running a mile after a prolonged period without exercise, your brain can struggle to hear if it is not frequently engaged. While it may not seem like a lot of noise, wearing your hearing aids at home allows your brain time to take in and comprehend sounds.
Hearing Aids Decrease Feelings of Isolation
Hearing loss can be an isolating experience. People with hearing loss often avoid group gatherings because they fear they won’t be able to follow or engage in conversation effectively. Wearing your hearing aids at home can remind you that you have the help you need to engage socially with your friends and family. Sometimes, just the sound of typing on your computer is enough to let you know you are ready and able to take on busier environments.
Wearing hearing aids while you’re alone doesn’t just engage your brain and help you acclimate to your devices but can be a reminder that your treatment is working. For more information on starting your hearing aid treatment, contact Advanced Audiology & Hearing Aids today to make an appointment with one of our specialists.