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So, it’s not very often that you use your hearing aids? Maybe you put them in when you go to a party or go to the theater, but in most cases, you leave them in your drawer. Do you actually need to wear them more often than that?

In the long run, you make difficulty for yourself if you’re not using your hearing aids regularly and that’s a problem. Your hearing could get considerably worse. You could have problems with social isolation and mental decline. Your overall health may be affected. This content will help you comprehend why you should be using your hearing aids.

Why Aren’t Your Hearing Aids in Your Ears?

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. Perhaps, when your family questions you, you even say something nondescript and evasive, 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 probably find that there’s a specific grievance at the heart of your infrequent hearing aid use. Specific issues are good because they create the possibility to find an equally specific solution.

Some of the most frequent problems consist of the following;

“My Hearing Aids Aren’t Comfortable”

One of the most frequently mentioned reasons that people stop using their hearing aids regularly is discomfort. Often, the hearing aid keeps falling out of your ear. Or perhaps pain and tenderness are developing in just the wrong spot with your over-the-ear model.

It’s not supposed to be uncomfortable to wear hearing aids, so if they’re creating irritation of any sort, something is surely not right. And it’s understandable that you wouldn’t want to use a piece of technology that causes soreness, pain, or frustration.

Possible solution: If your hearing aids are not comfortable, consider setting up an additional or follow-up fitting session. It’s completely feasible that the way your hearing aid fits just requires a few quick alterations. The size and shape of your ear can even be the basis of an entire customization of some models. You will be able to leave your hearing aid in longer if it fits well and is comfortable.

I’m Experiencing Poor Quality Sound From my Hearing Aids

Maybe you find the sound of your hearing aid to be too fuzzy or tinny so you don’t use them that often. It’s not shocking that you’ve decided to put away your hearing aids for a special occasion, if that’s the situation.”

This tinny or fuzzy sound can happen because hearing aids are performing complex auditory functions all the time, amplifying some sounds while filtering out others. So the sound quality may seem unreliable if your settings aren’t properly tweaked.

Solution: There are two potential answers to this issue: calibration and upkeep. Your hearing aids could 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 do for you).

When I Wear my Hearing Aid Voices Are Muffled

When you listen to people talk, you want to be able to hear them clearly. When you first purchased hearing aids that was the whole reason! You didn’t want to miss out on one word. So if all the voices you hear are difficult to understand and are muffled it could be a little bit aggravating.

This usually occurs when you first get your hearing aids because your brain and ears aren’t necessarily used to communicating all that well anymore (it’s like they had a falling out or something).

The Remedy: Practice. Your brain will have to get used to hearing language again, so whatever you can do to get some repetition will help. Try reading along with closed caption while watching your favorite show or along with an audiobook. Another way to get some positive practice is simply by having conversations with people around you.

Getting Solutions

The point is regardless of what your reason for not using your hearing aids might, there is an answer somewhere. And you have to wear your hearing aid routinely in order to safeguard your cognitive health and the health of your hearing.

So if your hearing aids don’t seem to be working well for you? After pinpointing the issue, find a solution, so you can get active in your life again. If you suspect your hearing aids need adjustment, get in touch with your hearing care specialist right away.

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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