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So, it’s not very often that you wear your hearing aids? Most of the time you keep them in the drawer unless you are, for instance, going to the theater or to a party. Do you actually need to wear them more often than that?

Over the long term, you create difficulty for yourself if you’re not using your hearing aids on a regular basis and that’s an issue. You could irreversibly harm your hearing. Social isolation and cognitive decline could be the consequences. You may compromise your overall health. So, if you aren’t using your hearing aids, you should definitely be reading this.

Why Aren’t You Using Your Hearing Aid?

If your hearing aids are sitting unused in a nightstand drawer somewhere, you probably have a reason. You might have decided to keep those reasons to yourself. Maybe you brush off the questions from your family when they ask why you’re not wearing them.

Undoubtedly, though, there’s more to it than that. Usually, there’s a particular reason why you’re not using your hearing aids. And there’s also a very specific solution to your problem.

Here are some of the most frequent issues;

“My Hearing Aids Feel Uncomfortable”

One of the most frequently reported reasons that people stop using their hearing aids normally is discomfort. Often, the hearing aid keeps falling out of your ear. Or perhaps your over-the-ear model chafes in just the wrong spot, causing pain and tenderness.

Hearing aids aren’t intended to be unpleasant, so something is most definitely wrong if they are creating any sort of irritation. And it’s understandable that you wouldn’t want to use a piece of technology that creates pain, frustration or soreness.

Possible solution: If your hearing aids are not comfortable, a follow-up fitting appointment is something you should consider. A couple slight tweaks could be all your hearing aid requires. The shape and size of your ear can even be the basis of a complete customization of some designs. The more comfortable your hearing aid is, the more likely you are to keep it in place for long periods of time.

My Hearing Aid Has Poor Sound Quality

Perhaps you experience the sound of your hearing aid to be too fuzzy or tinny so you don’t wear them that often. If that’s the situation, it’s not surprising that you’ve opted to stow your hearing aids in your nightstand drawer and save them for “special occasions”.”

This fuzzy or tinny sound can happen because hearing aids are carrying out complicated auditory processes all the time, amplifying some sounds while filtering out others. So the sound quality may seem unreliable if your settings aren’t properly adjusted.

Solution: There are two possible answers to this difficulty: calibration and maintenance. Your hearing aids might be broken in some form or another and need to be
repaired. But your hearing specialist can do a quick calibration which is all your hearing aids may need.

When I Wear my Hearing Aid Voices Seem Muffled

You want to hear voices with clarity. That’s the overall reason you purchased hearing aids to begin with! You wanted to make sure you didn’t miss any relevant conversations. So if all the voices you hear are hard to understand and are muffled it may be a bit aggravating.

Because your brain and ears aren’t communicating effectively anymore, this problem usually happens when you first purchase your hearing aids.

The Remedy: Practice. Your brain is going to have to get used to hearing language again, so anything you can do to get some repetition will help. Try reading along with an audiobook or reading along with the closed captioning while watching NCIS. Another way to get some beneficial practice is simply by having conversations with people around you.

Getting Solutions

You can find a solution no matter what the reason you’re not using your hearing aid. And it is imperative, both for the health of your hearing and your cognitive fitness, that you use your hearing aids routinely.

So if you’re not wearing your hearing aids? Determine the problem and find a solution, so you can get active in your life again. If you suspect your hearing aids need adjustment, consult your hearing care specialist right away.

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