So you don’t use your hearing aids very often? Most of the time you leave them in the drawer unless you are, for instance, going to a party or to the theater. Is it actually necessary to use them more often than that?
The issue is that when you don’t wear your hearing aids regularly, you’re developing some troubling disadvantages for yourself in the long run. Your hearing may get drastically worse. You could suffer from social isolation and cognitive decline. You may compromise your general health. This article will help you discover why you should be wearing your hearing aids.
Why Aren’t You Using Your Hearing Aid?
If your hearing aids are stored in a nightstand drawer somewhere, you most likely have a reason. Sure, perhaps you haven’t specifically been honest about what those reasons might be. Maybe you brush off the questions from your family when they ask why you’re not wearing them.
Certainly, though, there’s more to it than that. If you go a little deeper, you’ll probably find that there’s a specific grievance at the heart of your sporadic hearing aid use. Specific complaints are good because they generate the possibility to find an equally specific solution.
Some of the most frequent issues consist of the examples below;
“My Hearing Aids Aren’t Very Comfortable”
One of the most frequently cited reasons that people stop using their hearing aids normally is discomfort. Sometimes, the hearing aid won’t stop falling out of your ear. Or perhaps pain and tenderness are happening in just the wrong spot with your over-the-ear model.
Hearing aids aren’t intended to be uncomfortable, so if they’re causing discomfort of any kind, something is surely wrong. And it’s logical that you wouldn’t want to use a piece of technology that causes soreness, pain, or frustration.
Possible solution: If you’re uncomfortable with your hearing aids, think about scheduling an additional or follow-up fitting session. A few little tweaks may be all your hearing aid needs. The shape and size of your ear can even be the foundation of an entire customization of some models. The more comfortable your hearing aid fits, the more likely you are to keep it in place for long periods of time.
My Hearing Aid Has Poor Sound Quality
It’s possible you don’t use your hearing aids regularly because you experiencing the sound to be tinny or fuzzy. If that’s the case, it’s not surprising that you’ve opted to store your hearing aids in a drawer somewhere and save them for “special occasions”.”
This fuzzy or tinny sound can happen because hearing aids are carrying out complicated auditory processes at all times, filtering out some sounds while trying to amplify others. So the sound quality may seem unreliable if your settings aren’t properly tweaked.
Solution: There are two possible solutions to this problem: calibration and upkeep. It could be that your hearing aids are broken in some form or another and have to be repaired. But your hearing specialist can perform a basic calibration which is all that your hearing aids might require.
When I Wear my Hearing Aid Voices Are Muffled
You need to hear voices with clarity. That’s the entire reason why you got hearing aids in the first place! You didn’t want to miss out on one word. So it may be a bit frustrating if all the voices you hear when your wearing you’re hearing aid sound muffled or hard to understand.
Because your ears and brain aren’t communicating effectively anymore, this problem usually occurs when you first buy your hearing aids.
The Solution: Keep practicing. Understanding what people are saying 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 discussions with people you come in contact with.
The point is that no matter what your justification for not using your hearing aids maybe, there’s an answer somewhere. And it is vital, both for your hearing health and for your cognitive well-being, that you use your hearing aids regularly.
So if your hearing aids don’t seem to be working very well for you? Determine the issue and come up with 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 need adjustment, consult your hearing care expert as soon as possible.