So you don’t use your hearing aids all that often? Most of the time you leave them in the drawer unless you’re, for example, going to the theater or to a party. Do you actually need to use them more often than that?
Over the long term, you make trouble for yourself if you’re not wearing your hearing aids regularly and that’s an issue. You could irreversibly damage your hearing. You could have problems with social isolation and mental decline. You might compromise your overall health. This article will help you understand 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 probably have a reason. Sure, maybe you haven’t really been forthcoming about what those reasons might be. Maybe, when your family questions you, you may even say something generic and evasive, such as, “I just don’t like them”.
Undoubtedly, though, there’s more to the story than that. Usually, there’s a specific reason why you’re not using your hearing aids. And there’s also a very exact solution to your problem.
Some of the most common problems include the examples below;
“My Hearing Aids Aren’t Very Comfortable”
One of the most frequently mentioned reasons that people stop using their hearing aids frequently is discomfort. Sometimes, the hearing aid won’t stop falling out of your ear. Or perhaps your over-the-ear model chafes in just the wrong spot, causing tenderness and pain.
It’s not supposed to be uncomfortable to wear hearing aids, so something is surely not right if they’re causing any kind of discomfort. And it’s understandable that you wouldn’t want to use a piece of technology that creates pain, frustration or soreness.
Possible solution: If you’re uncomfortable with your hearing aids, a follow-up fitting appointment is something you should consider. A few slight tweaks may be all your hearing aid needs. Some models can even be completely personalized to the size and shape 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
Maybe you don’t wear your hearing aids very often because you find the sound to be fuzzy or tinny. If that’s the case, it’s not surprising that you’ve decided to store your hearing aids in a drawer somewhere and save them for “special occasions”.”
Hearing aids are performing complicated auditory functions all of the time as they increase some sounds while getting rid of others and that can cause a tinny or fuzzy sound. So if your settings aren’t correctly tweaked, the sound quality may seem unreliable.
Solution: This problem has two potential answer: calibration and upkeep. It’s possible that your hearing aids are broken in some form or another and require repairs. But it’s also possible that they just need a simple calibration (generally this is something your hearing specialist can take care of for you).
Voices Seem Muffled With my Hearing Aids
When you listen to people talk, you want to be able to hear them clearly. When you first bought hearing aids that was the whole point! You needed to make certain you didn’t miss any relevant interactions. So it could be a bit frustrating if all the voices you hear with you’re hearing aid are muffled or hard to understand.
This generally happens when you first buy your hearing aids because your ears and brain aren’t necessarily used to communicating all that well anymore (it’s as if they had a disagreement or something).
The Remedy: Practice. Understanding 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 help. Try reading along with closed caption to your favorite program or along with an audiobook. Just having more conversations with the people who are around you is a perfect way to get some practice, as well.
The point is that no matter what your justification for not wearing your hearing aids maybe, there’s a solution somewhere. And it is vital, both for the health of your hearing and 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? After determining the problem, find a solution, so you can get involved in your life again. If you think your hearing aids need adjustment, get in touch with your hearing care expert now.