Hearing Health Blog

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So you don’t wear your hearing aids regularly? 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 necessary to wear them more often than that?

The issue is that when you don’t use your hearing aids on a regular basis, you’re developing some troubling disadvantages for yourself over time. You could harm your hearing permanently. Social isolation and cognitive decline could be the outcome. Your general health could be affected. This content will help you comprehend 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 an excuse. You may have decided to keep those reasons to yourself. Maybe you brush off the questions from your family when they ask why you’re not wearing them.

Stilted dialogue aside, we know that’s not the full story, right? If you dig a little deeper, you’ll probably find that there’s a particular grievance at the heart of your sporadic hearing aid use. Specific complaints are positive because they generate an opportunity to find an equally specific solution.

The following are some of the most common issues;

“My Hearing Aids Don’t Feel That Comfortable”

Discomfort is one of the most frequently reported grounds for people not using their hearing aids. Perhaps the hearing aid won’t stop falling out of your ear. Or perhaps 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 something is most definitely not right if they are creating any kind of discomfort. And it’s understandable that you wouldn’t want to use a piece of technology that causes pain, frustration or soreness.

Possible solution: If your hearing aids are not comfortable, a follow-up fitting appointment is something you should consider. It’s entirely feasible that the way your hearing aid fits just requires a few quick adjustments. The size and shape of your ear can even be the basis of an entire customization of some designs. You will be capable of leaving your hearing aid in longer if it fits properly and is comfortable.

I’m Experiencing Poor Quality Sound From my Hearing Aids

Maybe you don’t use your hearing aids very often because you experiencing the sound to be fuzzy or tinny. If that’s the case, 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 functions all the time, filtering out some sounds while trying to amplify others. So the sound quality may seem hard to rely on if your settings aren’t correctly tweaked.

Solution: There are two possible answers to this problem: calibration and upkeep. It’s possible that your hearing aids are damaged in some form or another and require repairs. But it’s also possible that they just need a simple calibration (generally this is something your hearing specialist can take care of for you).

When I Wear my Hearing Aid Voices Are Muffled

You want to hear voices clearly. That’s the overall reason you bought hearing aids in the first place! 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 bit frustrating.

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

Solution: Practice. Your brain will have to get used to hearing language again, so whatever you can do to help provide some repetition will help. Try reading along with closed caption while watching your favorite tv show or along with an audiobook. Just having more conversations with the people around you is a perfect way to get some practice, as well.

Getting Solutions

The point is that no matter what your justification for not wearing your hearing aids might, there’s an answer somewhere. And it is essential, both for your hearing health and your cognitive well-being, that you wear your hearing aids regularly.

So if your hearing aids don’t seem to be working very well for you? After determining the issue, find a solution, so you can get involved in your life again. If you suspect your hearing aids require adjustment, get in touch with your hearing care professional now.

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