Hearing Health Blog

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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 in most cases, you leave them in the drawer. Do you really need to wear them more often than that?

Over time, you create difficulty for yourself if you’re not using your hearing aids regularly and that’s an issue. Your hearing could get considerably worse. Cognitive decline and social isolation could be the outcome. Your overall health might be compromised. This content will help you comprehend why you should be wearing your hearing aids.

Why Aren’t You Using Your Hearing Aid?

You probably have a good excuse for keeping your hearing aids in a somewhere in a drawer. Sure, perhaps you haven’t exactly been honest about what those reasons are. Perhaps you brush off the questions from your family when they ask why you’re not wearing 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 specific grievance at the heart of your sporadic hearing aid use. Specific complaints are positive because they create an opportunity to find an equally specific remedy.

What follows are some of the most common grievances;

“My Hearing Aids Aren’t Very Comfortable”

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

Hearing aids aren’t intended to be unpleasant, so something is definitely not right if they’re causing any sort of irritation. And soreness, frustration, and pain are not things you would want from any piece of technology.

Possible solution: If your hearing aids are uncomfortable, consider setting up an additional or follow-up fitting appointment. A few little adjustments may be all your hearing aid requires. Some models can even be completely customized to the shape and size of your ears. The more comfortable your hearing aid is, 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 tinny or fuzzy so you don’t wear them that often. It’s not surprising that you’ve decided to put away your hearing aids for a special occasion, if that’s the situation.”

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

Solution: This challenge has two possible answer: calibration and upkeep. It could be that your hearing aids are broken in some way or another and require repairs. But your hearing specialist can perform a basic calibration which is all your hearing aids might require.

Voices Are Muffled With my Hearing Aids

You need to hear voices clearly. When you first bought hearing aids that was the whole point! You didn’t want to miss a single word. So it might be a bit aggravating if all the voices you hear with you’re hearing aid sound muffled or difficult to understand.

Because your brain and ears aren’t communicating very well anymore, this problem usually occurs when you first get your hearing aids.

The Solution: Keep practicing. Your brain will need to get used to hearing language again, so anything you can do to get some repetition will help. Try reading along with an audiobook or reading along with the closed captioning while watching tv. Another way to get some positive practice is by simply having discussions with people you come in contact with.

Finding Solutions

You can find an answer regardless of why you’re not using your hearing aid. And it is vital, both for your hearing health and for your cognitive well-being, that you use your hearing aids routinely.

So if you’re not wearing your hearing aids? Identify the issue and come up with a solution, so you can help your hearing aids, and everything that they help you hear, part of your everyday life. If you suspect your hearing aids require adjustment, consult your hearing care expert as soon as possible.

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