Quite the opposite! Hearing aids work by enhancing your existing hearing, so you need to have some level of hearing for them to work. It is a truth that for most people identified with a hearing loss, it is a permanent and irreversible condition that will not get better only worse. So delaying doesn’t help and, in fact, delay can create a greater problem, but wearing aids will most definitely not make the problem worse.
Delaying help is a bad idea for nearly all health issues. Hearing specialists around the world agree that for hearing loss, the longer the delay, the more difficult it can be for the brain to adapt. The earlier that people get help with their hearing, the higher the chances of success.
Untreated hearing loss not only affects quality of life, it also affects the brain’s ability to remember common everyday sounds. When the hearing nerves lose their function and no longer effectively channel sounds to the brain, over time, the brain ‘forgets’ the sounds and becomes unable to understand them. Our members regularly see people who wish they’d acted sooner to do something about their hearing. Some new research suggests there is a link between hearing loss and cognitive decline and the use of hearing aids can reduce this decline.