Hearing Health Blog

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So you don’t wear your hearing aids regularly? 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 actually need to use them more often than that?

Over the long term, you make problems for yourself if you’re not using your hearing aids on a regular basis and that’s a problem. You could permanently damage your hearing. Social isolation and cognitive decline could be the result. You could compromise your general health. This content will help you comprehend why you should be wearing your hearing aids.

Why Aren’t You Using Your Hearing Aid?

You most likely have a good reason for keeping your hearing aids in a somewhere in a drawer. Sure, perhaps you haven’t exactly been honest about what those reasons are. 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 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 issues include the examples below;

“My Hearing Aids Aren’t Comfortable”

One of the most typically cited reasons that individuals stop using their hearing aids frequently is discomfort. Perhaps the hearing aid won’t stop falling out of your ear. Or perhaps 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 if they’re causing discomfort of any sort, something is surely wrong. And it’s easy to understand that you wouldn’t want to use a piece of technology that causes soreness, pain, or frustration.

Possible solution: If your hearing aids are uncomfortable, a follow-up fitting session is something you should consider. It’s completely possible that the fit of your hearing aid simply requires a few quick adjustments. The shape and size of your ear can even be the basis of an entire customization of some designs. The more comfortable your hearing aid is, the more likely you are to keep the device in place for long periods of time.

My Hearing Aid Has Poor Sound Quality

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

Hearing aids are completing complex auditory functions all of the time as they increase some sounds while getting rid of others and that can result in a fuzzy or tinny sound. So if your settings aren’t correctly adjusted, the sound quality may seem unreliable.

Solution: There are two possible answers to this difficulty: calibration and maintenance. Your hearing aids could be damaged in some way or another and need to be
repaired. But it’s also possible that they just need a simple calibration (usually this is something your hearing specialist can do for you).

When I Use My Hearing Aid, Voices Seem Muffled

You need to hear voices with clarity. That’s the overall reason you got hearing aids in the first place! You wanted to make sure you didn’t miss any important discussions. So if all the voices you hear are difficult to comprehend and sound muffled it could be a little bit annoying.

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

Solution: Practice. Your brain will have to become accustomed to hearing language again, 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. Simply having more discussions with the people who are around you is a great way to practice, too.

Getting Answers

You can discover an answer regardless of why you’re not using your hearing aid. And it is imperative, both for the health of your hearing and your cognitive fitness, that you wear your hearing aids routinely.

So if your hearing aids aren’t be working perfectly for you? After pinpointing the problem, find a solution, so you can get active in your life again. If you believe your hearing aids require adjustment, get in touch with your hearing care professional 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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