Most hearing aid owners wear their aids on a regular basis and discover the benefit they can provide to their lives and relationships. However, as many as 24% of hearing aid owners don’t wear their hearing aids as much as they should.
Regular hearing aid use not only helps you hear better, it helps you communicate more effectively with your friends and family. Your hearing aids help keep you on your mental game and studies show they may even help you prevent injury.
For example, a study by the National Council on Aging found that regularly wearing hearing aids led to higher levels of happiness and satisfaction. What’s more, the study found that those with hearing loss who wore hearing aids at work earned more on average than those who chose not to wear their hearing aids.
Wearing hearing aids regularly has also been shown to reduce the risk of injury from falls. A 2013 study found that people with hearing loss who wear hearing aids are at a 1.4x lower risk of being injured in a fall—which makes wearing your hearing aids regularly an even more attractive suggestion.
Hearing aids are designed to be worn for 12-16 hours a day. Hearing care providers recommend you put your hearing aids in when you get out of bed in the morning and take them out before going to bed to get the best results.
Wearing your hearing aids whenever you’re awake is one of the best ways to increase their effectiveness and positive impact on your life.