Why Does it Matter if You Wear Your Hearing Aids

Woman wearing hearing aids enjoys a hike with friends.

So, it’s not all that often that you wear your hearing aids? Most of the time you keep them in the drawer unless you are, for example, going to the theater or to a party. Is it really important to wear them more often than that?

In the long run, you make problems for yourself if you’re not wearing your hearing aids on a regular basis and that’s an issue. You could irreversibly injure your hearing. You could have problems with cognitive decline or social isolation. You might compromise your overall health. So, if you aren’t using your hearing aids, you should definitely pay attention to this.

Why Are Your Hearing Aids Not in

If your hearing aids are sitting unused in a nightstand drawer somewhere, you probably have an excuse. Sure, maybe you haven’t exactly been honest about what those reasons are. Perhaps you evade the questions from your family when they ask why you’re not wearing them.

Undoubtedly, though, there’s more to it than that. Normally, there’s an exact reason why you’re not using your hearing aids. And there’s also a very exact solution to your issue.

The following are some of the most common issues;

“My Hearing Aids Aren’t Very Comfortable”

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

Hearing aids aren’t intended to be uncomfortable, so something is surely wrong if they’re causing any sort of discomfort. And soreness, frustration, and pain are not things you would wish from any piece of technology.

Possible solution: If you’re uncomfortable with your hearing aids, a follow-up fitting session is something you should think about. A few slight tweaks might be all your hearing aid needs. The size and shape of your ear can even be the basis of a complete customization of some designs. The more comfortable your hearing aid is, the more likely you are to leave 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 tinny or fuzzy so you don’t wear them that often. It’s not surprising that you have decided to put your hearing aids away for a special occasion, if that’s the case.”

This fuzzy or tinny sound can happen because hearing aids are carrying out complicated auditory processes all the time, filtering out some sounds while trying to amplify others. So the sound quality might seem hard to rely on if your settings aren’t properly tweaked.

Solution: There are two possible answers to this issue: calibration and upkeep. Your hearing aids could be broken in some way or another and require repairing. But it might be possible that they just need a simple calibration (normally this is something your hearing specialist can do for you).

With My Hearing Aid, Voices Are Muffled

You want to hear voices with clarity. When you first got hearing aids that was the whole point! You didn’t want to miss out on one word. So it could be a little bit aggravating if all the voices you hear when your wearing you’re hearing aid sound muffled or hard to comprehend.

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

The Remedy: Practice. Comprehending conversations is something your brain will need to become accustomed to, so whatever you can do to get some repetition will help. Try reading along with closed caption to your favorite show or along with an audiobook. Merely having more discussions with the people around you is a perfect way to practice, too.

Getting Answers

The point is that no matter what your justification for not using your hearing aids might, there is an answer somewhere. And you have to use your hearing aid routinely in order to safeguard your cognitive health and the well being of your hearing.

So if your hearing aids aren’t be working very well for you? After determining the issue, find a solution, so you can help your hearing aids, and everything that they help you hear, part of your daily life. If you believe your hearing aids need adjustment, consult your hearing care professional as soon as possible.

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