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So, it’s not all that often that you wear your hearing aids? Most of the time you keep them in the drawer unless you are, for instance, going to a party or to the theater. Is it really necessary to wear them more often than that?

Over time, you create trouble for yourself if you’re not wearing your hearing aids on a regular basis and that’s a problem. Your hearing may get significantly worse. You could have problems with social isolation and mental decline. Your general health may be affected. This article will help you discover why you should be using your hearing aids.

Why Aren’t Your Hearing Aids in Your Ears?

You probably have a good justification for keeping your hearing aids in a drawer somewhere. You might have decided to keep those reasons to yourself. Perhaps you brush off the questions from your family when they ask why you’re not wearing them.

Stilted dialogue to the side, we know that’s not the full story, right? Normally, there’s a particular reason why you don’t use your hearing aids. Specific issues are good because they create the possibility to find an equally specific remedy.

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

“My Hearing Aids Don’t Feel Comfortable”

Discomfort is one of the most commonly cited reasons for people not using their hearing aids. Often, the hearing aid keeps falling out of your ear. Or perhaps your over-the-ear model chafes in just the wrong spot, causing pain and tenderness.

Hearing aids aren’t intended to be uncomfortable, so something is certainly not right if they’re creating any sort of discomfort. And frustration, pain and soreness are not things you would desire from any piece of technology.

Possible solution: If your hearing aids are uncomfortable, a follow-up fitting session is something you should consider. It’s entirely possible that the way your hearing aid fits just needs a couple of quick adjustments. The shape and size of your ear can even be the foundation of a complete customization of some designs. 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 experience the sound of your hearing aid to be too tinny or fuzzy so you don’t wear them very often. If that’s the case, it’s not surprising that you’ve decided to stow your hearing aids in your nightstand drawer and save them for “special occasions”.”

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

Solution: This difficulty has two possible solution: calibration and maintenance. It could be that your hearing aids are damaged in some way or another and require repairs. But your hearing specialist can do a quick calibration which is all your hearing aids may require.

Voices Seem Muffled With my Hearing Aids

You want to hear voices with clarity. When you first purchased hearing aids that was the whole point! You didn’t want to miss out on a single word. So if all the voices you hear are hard to understand and are muffled it might be a bit discouraging.

Because your ears and brain aren’t communicating effectively anymore, this problem commonly happens when you first purchase your hearing aids.

Solution: Keep practicing. Comprehending what people are saying is something your brain will need to become accustomed to, so putting yourself in situations where you can hear people conversing regularly will be helpful. Try reading along with closed caption while watching your favorite tv show or along with an audiobook. Another way to get some positive practice is by simply having discussions with people you come in contact with.

Finding Answers

You can discover an answer regardless of why you’re not wearing your hearing aid. And it is essential, both for your hearing health and for your cognitive fitness, that you use your hearing aids regularly.

So if your hearing aids aren’t be working very well for you? After identifying the issue, find a solution, so you can help your hearing aids, and everything that they help you hear, part of your everyday life. If you think your hearing aids require adjustment, contact your hearing care specialist as soon as possible.

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.