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So, it’s not very often that you wear your hearing aids? Most of the time you leave them in the drawer unless you are, for example, going to the theater or to a party. Do you actually need to use them more often than that?

In the long run, you make difficulty for yourself if you’re not using your hearing aids on a regular basis and that’s a problem. Your hearing could get significantly worse. Cognitive decline and social isolation could be the outcome. Your overall health might be affected. 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 reason for keeping your hearing aids in a drawer somewhere. Sure, maybe you haven’t really been honest about what those reasons are. Maybe, when your family questions you, you may even say something generic and elusive, like, “I just don’t like them”.

Undoubtedly, though, there’s more to the story than that. If you dig a little deeper, you’ll likely find that there’s a specific grievance at the heart of your infrequent hearing aid use. Specific issues are positive because they create the possibility to find an equally specific remedy.

Some of the most frequent complaints consist of the following;

“My Hearing Aids Feel Uncomfortable”

Discomfort is one of the most commonly cited reasons for people not using their hearing aids. Maybe the hearing aid keeps falling out of your ear. Or perhaps pain and tenderness 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 if they’re causing irritation of any sort, something is certainly not right. 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 couple small adjustments may be all your hearing aid requires. Some models can even be completely customized to the size and shape of your ears. You will be able to leave your hearing aid in longer if it fits well and is comfortable.

My Hearing Aid Has Poor Sound Quality

Perhaps you experience the sound of your hearing aid to be too fuzzy or tinny so you don’t use 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.”

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

Solution: This problem has two potential answer: maintenance and calibration. Your hearing aids may 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 require.

With My Hearing Aid, Voices Seem Muffled

You need to hear voices with clarity. When you first bought hearing aids that was the whole point! You didn’t want to miss out on a single word. So it could be a little bit frustrating if all the voices you hear with you’re hearing aid are muffled or difficult to comprehend.

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

Solution: Practice. Your brain is going to have to become accustomed to hearing language again, so anything you can do to help provide some repetition will help. Try reading along with closed caption to your favorite show or along with an audiobook. Just having more conversations with the people who are around you is a very good way to practice, as well.

Getting Answers

You can discover a solution no matter what the reason you’re not using your hearing aid. And you have to wear your hearing aid consistently in order to safeguard your cognitive health and the health of your hearing.

So if your hearing aids aren’t be working well for you? After pinpointing the problem, find a solution, so you can make your hearing aids, and all that they help you hear, part of your daily life. If you think your hearing aids need adjustment, get in touch with your hearing care expert now.

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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