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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. Do you really need to use them more often than that?

Over time, you make problems for yourself if you’re not wearing your hearing aids regularly and that’s a problem. Your hearing may get significantly worse. Social isolation and cognitive decline could be the consequences. You may compromise your overall health. This article will help you understand why you should be wearing your hearing aids.

Why Are Your Hearing Aids Not in

You likely have a good excuse for keeping your hearing aids in a drawer somewhere. You may have decided to keep those reasons to yourself. Perhaps, when your family questions you, you even say something nondescript and evasive, like, “I just don’t like them”.

Stilted dialogue to the side, we know that’s not the complete story, right? If you dig a little deeper, you’ll most 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.

Some of the most frequent complaints include the examples below;

“My Hearing Aids Aren’t Comfortable”

Discomfort is one of the most commonly cited grounds for people not using their hearing aids. Maybe the hearing aid keeps 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 causing discomfort of any sort, something is definitely wrong. And frustration, pain and soreness are not things you would want from any piece of technology.

Possible solution: If you’re not comfortable with your hearing aids, think about setting up an additional or follow-up fitting session. It’s completely possible that the fit of your hearing aid simply needs a couple of quick alterations. The shape and size of your ear can even be the basis of a complete customization of some models. You will be capable of leaving your hearing aid in longer if it fits properly and is comfortable.

My Hearing Aid Has Poor Sound Quality

It’s possible you don’t use your hearing aids very often because you find the sound to be fuzzy or tinny. It’s not shocking that you’ve decided to put away your hearing aids for a special occasion, if that’s the situation.”

Hearing aids are performing complex auditory functions all of the time as they amplify some sounds while filtering out others and that can result in a tinny or fuzzy sound. So the sound quality might seem hard to rely on if your settings aren’t correctly tweaked.

Solution: There are two possible solutions to this difficulty: calibration and maintenance. Your hearing aids might be damaged in some way or another and require repairing. But your hearing specialist can perform a basic calibration which is all your hearing aids may require.

Voices Seem Muffled When I Wear my Hearing Aids

When you hear people talking, you want to be capable of hearing them clearly. When you first bought hearing aids that was the whole point! You needed to be sure you didn’t miss out on any important discussions. So if all the voices you hear are difficult to comprehend and sound muffled it could be a little bit annoying.

Because your ears and brain aren’t communicating very well anymore, this issue commonly occurs when you first purchase your hearing aids.

Solution: Keep practicing. Understanding what people are saying is something your brain will have to become accustomed to, so whatever you can do to get some repetition will help. Try reading along with closed caption to your favorite tv show or along with an audiobook. Just having more discussions with the people around you is a very good way to get some practice, as well.

Finding Answers

You can find an answer regardless of why you’re not wearing your hearing aid. And it is vital, both for your hearing health and your cognitive fitness, that you use your hearing aids regularly.

So if your hearing aids don’t seem to be working perfectly for you? Determine the issue and find a solution, so you can help your hearing aids, and all that they help you hear, part of your daily life. If you think your hearing aids need adjustment, consult your hearing care expert 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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