Why Does it Matter if You Wear Your Hearing Aids

Woman wearing hearing aids enjoys a hike with friends.

So, it’s not all that 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 really need to wear them more often than that?

Over time, you create problems for yourself if you’re not using your hearing aids on a regular basis and that’s a problem. Your hearing could get drastically worse. You could have problems with social isolation and mental decline. You could compromise your overall health. So, if you aren’t using your hearing aids, you should certainly pay attention to this.

Why Aren’t You Using Your Hearing Aid?

If your hearing aids are sitting unused in a nightstand drawer somewhere, you probably have an excuse. Sure, perhaps you haven’t really been honest about what those reasons might be. Perhaps you evade the questions from your family when they ask why you don’t wear them.

Stilted dialogue aside, we know that’s not the full story, right? If you dig a little deeper, you’ll most likely find that there’s a specific grievance at the heart of your infrequent hearing aid use. And there’s also a very exact solution to your issue.

What follows are some of the most common grievances;

“My Hearing Aids Don’t Feel That Comfortable”

Discomfort is one of the most commonly reported grounds for people not wearing their hearing aids. Maybe the hearing aid keeps falling out of your ear. Or maybe your over-the-ear model chafes in just the wrong spot, causing pain and tenderness.

It’s not supposed to be uncomfortable to use hearing aids, so something is certainly not right if they are creating any kind of discomfort. And it’s logical that you wouldn’t want to wear a piece of technology that causes pain, frustration or soreness.

Possible solution: If you’re not comfortable with your hearing aids, a follow-up fitting appointment is something you should consider. A couple slight tweaks could be all your hearing aid requires. Some designs can even be completely personalized 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.

I’m Experiencing Poor Quality Sound From my Hearing Aids

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

This fuzzy or tinny sound can happen because hearing aids are performing complex auditory processes at all times, amplifying some sounds while filtering out others. So the sound quality might seem hard to rely on if your settings aren’t properly tweaked.

Solution: This issue has two possible answer: calibration and maintenance. Your hearing aids may be damaged in some form or another and need to be
repaired. But your hearing specialist can do a basic calibration which is all your hearing aids might 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 reason! You needed to make sure you didn’t miss any important discussions. So it may be a little bit frustrating if all the voices you hear with you’re hearing aid sound muffled or difficult to comprehend.

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

Solution: Practice. Understanding conversations is something your brain will have to become accustomed to, so anything you can do to get some repetition will help. Try reading along with closed caption while watching your favorite program or along with an audiobook. Another way to get some positive practice is simply by having conversations with people around you.

Finding Solutions

You can find an answer regardless of why you’re not wearing your hearing aid. And you need to use 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 very well for you? After determining the issue, find a solution, so you can make your hearing aids, and everything that they help you hear, part of your daily life. If you believe your hearing aids need adjustment, get in touch with your hearing care professional now.

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