I have been told by several audiologists that one’s hearing deteriorates more rapidly if one doesn’t wear one’s hearing aids. They have all encouraged me to wear my hearing aids from the moment I get out of bed until I climb back in for the night. I’ve always been skeptical of this claim because (A) no one has shown me proof, and (B) it dovetails nicely with hearing aid dealers’ desire that we wear out our hearing aids as quickly as possible. The latest one told me that I should wear hearing aids even if I am home alone.
I asked an ear, nose and throat doctor about this roughly 20 years ago, and he said the audiologists are wrong. The audiologists I tell that story to say the doctor is wrong.
Have any of you heard anything about this or seen proof of audiologists’ claims?