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

Over time, you create problems for yourself if you’re not using your hearing aids on a regular basis and that’s an issue. You could irreversibly damage your hearing. You could have problems with social isolation and mental decline. You could compromise your general health. This article will help you comprehend why you should be wearing your hearing aids.

Why Aren’t You Wearing Your Hearing Aid?

You most likely have a good excuse for keeping your hearing aids in a drawer somewhere. You might have decided to keep those reasons to yourself. Perhaps, when your family asks, you even say something generic and elusive, such as, “I just don’t like them”.

Undoubtedly, though, there’s more to the story than that. If you go a little deeper, you’ll likely find that there’s a particular complaint at the heart of your irregular hearing aid use. And there’s also a very exact solution to your problem.

The following are some of the most frequent grievances;

“My Hearing Aids Feel Uncomfortable”

Discomfort is one of the most frequently cited reasons for people not wearing their hearing aids. Perhaps the hearing aid won’t stop falling out of your ear. Or maybe tenderness and pain are occurring in just the wrong spot with your over-the-ear model.

Hearing aids aren’t intended to be unpleasant, so if they’re creating irritation of any sort, something is surely wrong. And it’s logical that you wouldn’t want to wear a piece of technology that creates soreness, pain, or frustration.

Possible solution: If your hearing aids are uncomfortable, a follow-up fitting session is something you should think about. It’s altogether possible that the way your hearing aid fits just needs a few quick adjustments. Some models can even be totally personalized to the size and shape of your ears. The more comfortable your hearing aid fits, the more likely you are to keep it in place for long periods of time.

My Hearing Aid Has Poor Sound Quality

Perhaps you find the sound of your hearing aid to be too fuzzy or tinny so you don’t wear them that often. If that’s the circumstance, it’s not shocking that you’ve opted to store 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 processes at all times, filtering out some sounds while trying to amplify others. So the sound quality might seem unreliable if your settings aren’t correctly tweaked.

Solution: This challenge has two possible answer: maintenance and calibration. Your hearing aids may be broken in some way or another and require repairing. But it might be possible that they just need a simple calibration (usually this is something your hearing specialist can do for you).

When I Use my Hearing Aid Voices Seem Muffled

When you hear people talking, you want to be able to hear them with clarity. When you first got hearing aids that was the whole point! You wanted to be certain you didn’t miss any relevant interactions. So it might be a bit frustrating if all the voices you hear with you’re hearing aid are muffled or hard to understand.

Because your ears and brain aren’t communicating effectively anymore, this issue usually occurs when you first buy your hearing aids.

Solution: Keep practicing. Understanding what people are saying is something your brain will have to become accustomed to, so putting yourself in situations where you can hear people conversing regularly will be helpful. Try reading along with an audiobook or reading along with the closed captioning while watching NCIS. Just having more discussions with the people around you is a great way to practice, too.

Finding Solutions

You can find a solution regardless of why you’re not using your hearing aid. And you have to use your hearing aid routinely in order to safeguard your cognitive health and the health of your hearing.

So if your hearing aids aren’t be working perfectly for you? After identifying the issue, find a solution, so you can get active in your life again. If you suspect your hearing aids need adjustment, contact 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.