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So you don’t wear your hearing aids very often? Most of the time you leave them in the drawer unless you’re, for example, going to a party or to the theater. Is it really important to use them more often than that?

Over the long term, you create trouble for yourself if you’re not using your hearing aids regularly and that’s a problem. You could permanently damage your hearing. Cognitive decline and social isolation could be the result. You could compromise your overall health. This content will help you discover why you should be using your hearing aids.

Why Are Your Hearing Aids Not in

You probably have a good excuse for keeping your hearing aids in a drawer somewhere. Sure, perhaps you haven’t really been forthcoming about what those reasons might be. Maybe 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? If you dig a little deeper, you’ll probably find that there’s a specific grievance at the heart of your irregular hearing aid use. Specific issues are good because they create an opportunity to find an equally specific solution.

Here are some of the most frequent complaints;

“My Hearing Aids Feel Uncomfortable”

One of the most typically cited reasons that individuals discontinue using their hearing aids normally is discomfort. Often, the hearing aid keeps falling out of your ear. Or perhaps tenderness and pain are occurring in just the wrong spot with your over-the-ear model.

It’s not supposed to be uncomfortable to use hearing aids, so if they’re creating discomfort of any kind, something is definitely not right. And soreness, frustration, and pain are not things you would desire from any piece of technology.

Possible solution: If you’re not comfortable with your hearing aids, think about setting up an additional or follow-up fitting session. A couple small adjustments may be all your hearing aid needs. The size and shape of your ear can even be the basis of a complete customization of some designs. The more comfortable your hearing aid fits, the more likely you are to leave the device in place for long periods of time.

My Hearing Aid Has Poor Sound Quality

Maybe you don’t use your hearing aids regularly because you find the sound to be fuzzy or tinny. It’s not shocking 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 complicated auditory functions at all times, filtering out some sounds while trying to amplify others. So if your settings aren’t correctly adjusted, the sound quality may seem unreliable.

Solution: This challenge has two possible answer: upkeep and calibration. It could be that your hearing aids are damaged in some form or another and have to be repaired. But your hearing specialist can perform a simple calibration which is all your hearing aids may require.

When I Use my Hearing Aid Voices Seem Muffled

You need to hear voices clearly. That’s the overall reason why you purchased hearing aids in the first place! You didn’t want to miss out on a single word. So it might be a little bit aggravating if all the voices you hear when your wearing you’re hearing aid are muffled or hard to comprehend.

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

The Remedy: 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 talking regularly will be helpful. Try reading along with an audiobook or reading along with the closed captioning while watching tv. Merely having more discussions with the people around you is a perfect way to practice, as well.

Getting Answers

The point is regardless of what your reason for not using your hearing aids might, there is an answer somewhere. And you need to wear your hearing aid routinely in order to safeguard your cognitive health and the well being of your hearing.

So if your hearing aids don’t seem to be working perfectly for you? After determining the problem, find a solution, so you can get active in your life again. If you think your hearing aids require adjustment, get in touch with your hearing care expert now.

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