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So, it’s not very often that you wear your hearing aids? Perhaps you put them in when you go to a party or go to the theater, but in most cases, you leave them in your drawer. Is it actually important to use them more regularly than that?

In the long run, you make problems for yourself if you’re not using your hearing aids on a regular basis and that’s an issue. Your hearing may get considerably worse. You could have problems with social isolation and cognitive decline. You could compromise your overall health. This content will help you understand why you should be wearing your hearing aids.

Why Are Your Hearing Aids Not in

If your hearing aids are stored in a nightstand drawer somewhere, you probably have a reason. You may have decided to keep those reasons to yourself. Perhaps, when your family asks, you even say something nondescript and evasive, like, “I just don’t like them”.

Stilted dialogue to the side, we know that’s not the full story, right? Usually, there’s a specific reason why you’re not using your hearing aids. Specific complaints are good because they create an opportunity to find an equally specific solution.

Some of the most typical grievances consist of the examples below;

“My Hearing Aids Aren’t Comfortable”

One of the most commonly mentioned reasons that individuals stop using their hearing aids normally is discomfort. Often, the hearing aid won’t stop falling out of your ear. Or maybe tenderness and pain are developing 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 it’s easy to understand that you wouldn’t want to wear a piece of technology that creates soreness, pain, or frustration.

Possible solution: If your hearing aids are not comfortable, a follow-up fitting session is something you should think about. It’s completely possible that the fit of your hearing aid just needs a couple of quick adjustments. The size and shape of your ear can even be the basis of a complete customization of some designs. You will be capable of leaving your hearing aid in longer if it fits well and is comfortable.

I’m Experiencing Poor Quality Sound From my Hearing Aids

It’s possible you don’t wear your hearing aids very often because you experiencing the sound to be fuzzy or tinny. If that’s the situation, it’s not shocking that you’ve opted to stow your hearing aids in your nightstand drawer and save them for “special occasions”.”

Hearing aids are performing complicated auditory functions all the time as they amplify some sounds while getting rid of others and that can cause a tinny or fuzzy sound. So the sound quality might seem hard to rely on if your settings aren’t correctly adjusted.

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

With My Hearing Aid, Voices Are Muffled

When you hear people talking, you want to be capable of hearing them with clarity. When you first purchased hearing aids that was the whole reason! You wanted to be certain you didn’t miss out on any important interactions. So it could be a little bit aggravating if all the voices you hear with you’re hearing aid sound 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 very well anymore (it’s like they had a falling out or something).

The Solution: Practice. Your brain is going to have to become accustomed to hearing language again, so putting yourself in situations where you can hear people conversing regularly will help. Try reading along with closed caption while watching your favorite program or along with an audiobook. Another way to get some beneficial practice is by simply having discussions with people you come in contact with.

Finding Solutions

The point is regardless of what your justification for not wearing your hearing aids maybe, there’s an answer somewhere. And it is essential, both for the health of your hearing and for your cognitive fitness, that you use your hearing aids regularly.

So if you’re not using your hearing aids? Identify the problem and come up with a solution, so you can make your hearing aids, and all that they help you hear, part of your daily life. If you suspect your hearing aids require adjustment, consult your hearing care expert right away.