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So you don’t wear your hearing aids very often? Maybe you put them in when you go to a party or go to the theater, but otherwise, you leave them in the drawer. Is it actually important to use them more often than that?

The issue is that when you don’t use your hearing aids regularly, you’re creating some troubling shortcomings for yourself over the long term. Your hearing may get drastically worse. Social isolation and cognitive decline could be the outcome. You could compromise your overall health. This content will help you discover why you should be wearing your hearing aids.

Why Are Your Hearing Aids Not in

If your hearing aids are sitting unused in a nightstand drawer somewhere, you most likely have a reason. You might have decided to keep those reasons to yourself. Perhaps you brush off the questions from your family when they ask why you’re not wearing them.

Stilted dialogue to the side, we know that’s not the full story, right? Usually, there’s a particular reason why you’re not using your hearing aids. And there’s also a very exact solution to your problem.

Some of the most typical complaints include the examples below;

“My Hearing Aids Feel Uncomfortable”

Discomfort is one of the most commonly reported grounds for people not using their hearing aids. Sometimes, the hearing aid won’t stop falling out of your ear. Or maybe pain and tenderness are occurring in just the wrong spot with your over-the-ear model.

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

Possible solution: If your hearing aids are uncomfortable, a follow-up fitting appointment is something you should consider. A couple little adjustments might be all your hearing aid requires. The shape and size of your ear can even be the foundation of a complete customization of some models. The more comfortable your hearing aid fits, the more likely you are to keep it in place for long periods of time.

I’m Experiencing Poor Quality Sound From my Hearing Aids

Maybe you find the sound of your hearing aid to be too tinny or fuzzy so you don’t use them very often. If that’s the case, it’s not shocking that you’ve decided to stow your hearing aids in your nightstand drawer and save them for “special occasions”.”

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

Solution: There are two potential solutions to this difficulty: maintenance and calibration. Your hearing aids might be broken in some form or another and need to be
repaired. But your hearing specialist can do a quick calibration which is all your hearing aids might require.

With My Hearing Aid, Voices Are Muffled

When you hear people talking, you want to be capable of hearing them clearly. When you first bought hearing aids that was the whole reason! You didn’t want to miss a single word. So it may be a bit discouraging if all the voices you hear with you’re hearing aid are muffled or difficult to comprehend.

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

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

Finding Answers

The point is regardless of what your reason for not wearing your hearing aids might, there is an answer somewhere. And it is imperative, both for your hearing health and for your cognitive well-being, that you wear your hearing aids regularly.

So if you’re not wearing your hearing aids? After pinpointing the problem, find a solution, so you can make your hearing aids, and everything that they help you hear, part of your daily life. If you think your hearing aids require adjustment, consult your hearing care expert as soon as possible.

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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