We’re supposed to wear our hearing aids all day long but I admit, I do not. If I want to concentrate on something like writing, it’s a lot easier without a bunch noise coming at me. If I’m just around the house, I probably won’t wear them either unless I’m having a bad hearing day. If I’m in a noisy situation I most definitely do not wear them.
I teach a class for work called Hearing Aids 101. The current class is at a senior center and it seems audiologists do not educate their clients about hearing aids. I’m not sure if they think they can’t handle the technology or they don’t have enough time, maybe some of both. A few have worn hearing aids for years, a few have hearing aids and won’t wear them and some are about to buy their first pair of hearing aids.
One lady who wears hearing aids said her audiologist told her to wear the hearing aids all day long to get the brain used to sounds again, to reconnect those pathways in the brain. “Yes!” I tell her, “Good girl” basically. But noisy set situations set my teeth on edge I explain. I have a bad habit of clenching my teeth when stressed out and this includes too much incoming noise. Sometimes I don’t realize the noise it too much until my teeth start hurting. Then I back off trying my comfort program first and if I’m still clenching my teeth, I take them out.
In all these years I’ve never gotten used to noisy environments and hearing aids. I’ve seen people at concerts with hearing aids in and cringed. (By the way that’s not protecting your remaining hearing very much.) Market Street Grill ( a local eatery with wonderful food and horrible acoustics) came up during this class when too much noise was mentioned. Each time I’ve been there I’ve taken my hearing aids or not worn them at all. We rarely go to eat there because of it.
It’s a noisy world out there. I’m wearing my teeth down walking down the road, when lawnmowers come out and I clenched my teeth continually when I worked in the salon. Public bathrooms are worse than ever now thanks to those super air dry screaming machines (I’d rather wipe my wet hands on my pants). There’s someone who lives in the neighborhood with bass boom box in their car even I can hear coming from down the street. Someday sooner than we think the majority of the people will be hard of hearing rather than the minority. Then the world will change in our favor.