Most of us know someone who at one time got hearing aids and then they put them in a drawer and never wore them. When people tell me this about someone they know and they are hesitant to get hearing aids, I tell them this: Everyone makes choices based on their own experiences. Many people who put hearing aids in a drawer weren’t ready to make the commitment, or they may have felt embarrassed because they couldn’t change the battery, or the hearing aid stopped working and they were too busy to make an appointment. It takes commitment to put them on everyday until it becomes a habit and most hearing aids need some minor maintenance from time to time.
Starting something new, especially when there is a stereotype about needing hearing aids, can be challenging at first. Improving hearing is similar to exercising, or learning a new task. If you keep up with it, it gets easier and your auditory system of your brain gets “stronger”. If you don’t help your brain to be “stronger” or if you stop “exercising”, everything starts to weaken and starting over takes commitment and repetition. But with consistent use, hearing aids can improve quality of life, communication with family, and overall social involvement, which all can improve overall memory and cognitive brain function.