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So you don’t wear your hearing aids all that often? Most of the time you keep them in the drawer unless you are, for instance, going to a party or to the theater. Do you really need to wear them more often than that?

The concern is that when you don’t use your hearing aids on a regular basis, you’re developing some troubling disadvantages for yourself in the long run. Your hearing may get significantly worse. Cognitive decline and social isolation could be the outcome. Your overall health may be affected. This article 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 might have decided to keep those reasons to yourself. Perhaps you evade 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? Normally, there’s a particular reason why you’re not using your hearing aids. And there’s also a very specific solution to your problem.

Some of the most common complaints consist of the examples below;

“My Hearing Aids Aren’t Very Comfortable”

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

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

Possible solution: If your hearing aids are uncomfortable, a follow-up fitting session is something you should consider. A few little tweaks could be all your hearing aid requires. Some designs can even be entirely customized to the shape and size of your ears. 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

Perhaps you find the sound of your hearing aid to be too tinny or fuzzy so you don’t wear them very often. It’s not shocking that you’ve decided to put away your hearing aids for a special occasion, if that’s the case.”

Hearing aids are executing complicated auditory functions all of the time as they amplify some sounds while filtering out others and that can cause a fuzzy or tinny sound. So the sound quality might seem unreliable if your settings aren’t properly tweaked.

Solution: There are two potential solutions to this problem: calibration and maintenance. Your hearing aids could be damaged in some way or another and need to be
repaired. But it might be possible that they basically need a simple calibration (usually this is something your hearing specialist can do for you).

With My Hearing Aid, Voices Seem Muffled

When you listen to people talk, you want to be capable of hearing them clearly. That’s the whole reason why you bought hearing aids to begin with! You didn’t want to miss out on a single word. So if all the voices you hear are hard to comprehend and are muffled it may be a little bit discouraging.

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

Solution: Practice. Your brain will have to become accustomed 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 you watch television. Simply having more conversations with the people who are around you is a perfect way to get some practice, as well.

Getting Solutions

The point is regardless of what your justification for not wearing your hearing aids might, there’s an answer somewhere. And it is vital, both for your hearing health and your cognitive fitness, that you wear your hearing aids regularly.

So if your hearing aids don’t seem to be working well for you? Identify the problem and find a solution, so you can get active in your life again. If you believe 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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