Why Wearing Your Hearing Aids Matters

Woman wearing hearing aids enjoys a hike with friends.

So you don’t wear your hearing aids all that often? 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. Do you really need to wear them more often than that?

The issue is that when you don’t use your hearing aids on a regular basis, you’re developing some troubling shortcomings for yourself in the long run. Your hearing may get drastically worse. Social isolation and cognitive decline could be the outcome. You may compromise your overall health. This content will help you comprehend why you should be wearing your hearing aids.

Why Aren’t You Wearing Your Hearing Aid?

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 you brush off the questions from your family when they ask why you don’t wear 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 complaint at the heart of your irregular hearing aid use. And there’s also a very exact solution to your issue.

What follows are some of the most common issues;

“My Hearing Aids Feel Uncomfortable”

Discomfort is one of the most frequently cited reasons for people not using their hearing aids. Often, the hearing aid won’t stop falling out of your ear. Or maybe your over-the-ear model chafes in just the wrong spot, causing pain and tenderness.

Hearing aids aren’t supposed to be unpleasant, so if they’re causing irritation of any sort, something is certainly not right. And it’s easy to understand that you wouldn’t want to use a piece of technology that creates soreness, pain, or frustration.

Possible solution: If you’re not comfortable with your hearing aids, think about setting up an additional or follow-up fitting session. It’s altogether feasible that the fit of your hearing aid just requires a couple of quick alterations. The shape and size of your ear can even be the basis of a complete customization of some models. 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 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 situation.”

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

Solution: This problem has two possible solution: calibration and upkeep. Your hearing aids may be damaged in some form or another and require repairing. But your hearing specialist can perform a simple calibration which is all that your hearing aids may require.

When I Use my Hearing Aid Voices Are Muffled

When you listen to people talk, you want to be capable of hearing them with clarity. When you first bought hearing aids that was the whole reason! You didn’t want to miss out on one word. So it may be a bit frustrating if all the voices you hear with you’re hearing aid sound muffled or hard to comprehend.

Because your ears and brain aren’t communicating very well anymore, this problem normally happens when you first buy your hearing aids.

Solution: Practice. Comprehending what people are saying is something your brain will need to get used to, so putting yourself in situations where you can hear people conversing regularly will be helpful. Try reading along to an audiobook or reading along with the closed captioning while watching NCIS. Another way to get some good practice is simply by having conversations with people around you.

Getting Solutions

You can find an answer no matter what the reason you’re not using your hearing aid. And it is imperative, both for your hearing health and for your cognitive well-being, that you wear your hearing aids regularly.

So if you’re not wearing your hearing aids? After identifying the problem, find a solution, so you can make your hearing aids, and everything that they help you hear, part of your daily life. If you believe your hearing aids need adjustment, consult your hearing care expert right away.

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.