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So, it’s not very often that you use your hearing aids? Most of the time you leave them in the drawer unless you are, for instance, going to a party or to the theater. Do you actually need to wear them more often than that?

The problem is that when you don’t wear your hearing aids regularly, you’re creating some troubling shortcomings for yourself over the long term. Your hearing may get considerably worse. You could have problems with social isolation and cognitive decline. Your overall health may be jeopardized. This content will help you comprehend why you should be using your hearing aids.

Why Are Your Hearing Aids Not in

If your hearing aids are stored in a nightstand drawer somewhere, you probably have an excuse. You may have decided to keep those reasons to yourself. Maybe, when your family asks, you even say something generic and elusive, such as, “I just don’t like them”.

Certainly, though, there’s more to it than that. If you dig a little deeper, you’ll most likely find that there’s a specific complaint at the heart of your irregular hearing aid use. Specific complaints are positive because they create an opportunity to find an equally specific solution.

The following are some of the most frequent grievances;

“My Hearing Aids Don’t Feel That Comfortable”

Discomfort is one of the most frequently cited grounds for people not wearing their hearing aids. Maybe the hearing aid won’t stop falling out of your ear. Or perhaps your over-the-ear model irritates just the wrong spot, causing tenderness and pain.

It’s not supposed to be uncomfortable to wear hearing aids, so something is certainly wrong if they’re causing any sort of irritation. And it’s easy to understand that you wouldn’t want to wear a piece of technology that creates soreness, pain, or frustration.

Possible solution: If you’re uncomfortable with your hearing aids, think about setting up an additional or follow-up fitting session. It’s completely possible that the fit of your hearing aid simply needs a couple of quick adjustments. The shape and size of your ear can even be the basis of an entire customization of some designs. The more comfortable your hearing aid is, the more likely you are to keep the device in place for long periods of time.

I’m Experiencing Poor Quality Sound From my Hearing Aids

It’s possible you don’t wear your hearing aids regularly because you find the sound to be tinny or fuzzy. It’s not surprising that you have decided to put your hearing aids away for a special occasion, if that’s the case.”

This tinny or fuzzy sound can happen because hearing aids are doing complex auditory functions at all times, filtering out some sounds while trying to amplify others. So the sound quality may seem unreliable if your settings aren’t correctly tweaked.

Solution: This difficulty has two potential solution: maintenance and calibration. Your hearing aids might be damaged in some way or another and need to be
repaired. But it’s also possible that they just need a simple calibration (usually this is something your hearing specialist can take care of for you).

When I Wear my Hearing Aid Voices Are Muffled

When you hear people talking, you want to be able to hear them with clarity. That’s the entire reason you bought hearing aids to begin with! You didn’t want to miss a single word. So if all the voices you hear are difficult to understand and are muffled it may be a bit annoying.

Because your brain and ears aren’t communicating very well anymore, this problem normally happens when you first buy your hearing aids.

Solution: Keep practicing. Your brain is going to have to get used to hearing language again, so putting yourself in situations where you can hear people conversing regularly will help. Try reading along with closed caption while watching your favorite program or along with an audiobook. Just having more discussions with the people who are around you is a great way to practice, as well.

Getting Solutions

You can find an answer no matter what the reason you’re not using your hearing aid. And you need to use your hearing aid consistently in order to safeguard your cognitive health and the health of your hearing.

So if you’re not using your hearing aids? Identify the issue and find a solution, so you can help your hearing aids, and everything that they help you hear, part of your everyday life. If you believe your hearing aids require adjustment, consult your hearing care professional now.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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