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

The concern is that when you don’t use your hearing aids regularly, you’re creating some troubling shortcomings for yourself over time. Your hearing could get drastically worse. Social isolation and cognitive decline could be the result. Your general health may be jeopardized. This content will help you comprehend why you should be using your hearing aids.

Why Aren’t Your Hearing Aids in Your Ears?

If your hearing aids are stored in a nightstand drawer somewhere, you probably have a reason. Sure, maybe you haven’t really been forthcoming about what those reasons are. Maybe, when your family questions you, you even say something generic and evasive, like, “I just don’t like them”.

Stilted dialogue to the side, we know that’s not the full story, right? Normally, there’s an exact reason why you’re not using your hearing aids. And there’s also a very exact solution to your problem.

Some of the most typical grievances include the examples below;

“My Hearing Aids Aren’t Very Comfortable”

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

It’s not supposed to be uncomfortable to wear hearing aids, so something is certainly not right if they’re creating any sort of discomfort. And soreness, frustration, and pain are not things you would desire from any piece of technology.

Possible solution: If your hearing aids are not comfortable, a follow-up fitting session is something you should think about. A few little tweaks could be all your hearing aid requires. The shape and size of your ear can even be the foundation of an entire customization of some models. You will be capable of leaving your hearing aid in longer if it fits well and is comfortable.

I’m Experiencing Poor Quality Sound From my Hearing Aids

It’s possible you don’t wear your hearing aids regularly because you find the sound to be tinny or fuzzy. If that’s the circumstance, it’s not surprising 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 complex auditory functions 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 correctly adjusted.

Solution: This challenge has two potential solution: calibration and upkeep. Your hearing aids might be broken in some way or another and need to be
repaired. But your hearing specialist can do a basic calibration which is all that your hearing aids may need.

When I Use My Hearing Aid, Voices Are Muffled

You want to hear voices with clarity. That’s the entire reason why you purchased hearing aids in the first place! You needed to be sure you didn’t miss out on any relevant conversations. So if all the voices you hear are hard to understand and are muffled it could be a bit aggravating.

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

The Remedy: 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 to an audiobook or reading along with the closed captioning while you watch tv. Another way to get some beneficial practice is by simply having conversations with people you come in contact with.

Finding Answers

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

So if you’re not using your hearing aids? Determine the issue and come up with a solution, so you can get active in your life again. 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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