Will using hearing aids keep my hearing from getting worse?

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If you have a hearing loss, it is common for hearing to get worse over time. Causes for changes in hearing include noise exposure, certain medications, chronic health conditions and genetics. You should stay as healthy as you can to try to slow down the progression of hearing loss. Although hearing aid use cannot stop your hearing from getting worse, consistent use of your devices may help you maintain better speech understanding.

Your brain needs good sound input in order to process speech and remember what has been heard. That is why it is important to be fit with appropriately programmed hearing aids as soon as hearing loss is first noticed, and why you should use your hearing aids every day to maximize their benefit.