So, it’s not very often that you use 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. Do you really need to use them more often than that?
Over the long term, you make difficulty for yourself if you’re not wearing your hearing aids regularly and that’s an issue. You could harm your hearing irreversibly. Cognitive decline and social isolation could be the consequences. Your overall health might be compromised. So, if you aren’t wearing your hearing aids, you should certainly be reading this.
Why Aren’t You Wearing Your Hearing Aid?
You most likely have a good justification for keeping your hearing aids in a somewhere in a drawer. Sure, maybe you haven’t specifically been honest about what those reasons might be. Perhaps, when your family questions you, you might even say something nondescript and elusive, such as, “I just don’t like them”.
Stilted dialogue to the side, we know that’s not the full story, right? If you go a little deeper, you’ll likely find that there’s a particular grievance at the heart of your irregular hearing aid use. Specific grievances are good because they generate an opportunity to find an equally specific solution.
What follows are some of the most frequent complaints;
“My Hearing Aids Feel Uncomfortable”
Discomfort is one of the most commonly cited reasons for people not using their hearing aids. Maybe the hearing aid won’t stop falling out of your ear. Or maybe pain and tenderness 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 causing irritation of any kind, something is certainly not right. And soreness, frustration, and pain are not things you would want from any piece of technology.
Possible solution: If you’re uncomfortable with your hearing aids, a follow-up fitting session is something you should think about. It’s entirely feasible that the way your hearing aid fits just needs a few 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 the device 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 use them that often. It’s not surprising that you have decided to put away your hearing aids for a special occasion, if that’s the situation.”
This tinny or fuzzy sound can happen because hearing aids are doing complicated auditory processes all the time, filtering out some sounds while trying to amplify others. So the sound quality may seem unreliable if your settings aren’t properly tweaked.
Solution: This challenge has two potential solution: maintenance and calibration. Your hearing aids might be damaged in some form or another and require repairing. But your hearing specialist can perform a quick calibration which is all that your hearing aids may need.
Voices Seem Muffled With my Hearing Aids
You want to hear voices with clarity. When you first bought hearing aids that was the whole point! You wanted to be sure you didn’t miss any important conversations. So if all the voices you hear are difficult to comprehend and sound muffled it could be a bit annoying.
This generally happens when you first use your hearing aids because your ears and brain aren’t necessarily used to communicating all that well anymore (it’s like they had a disagreement or something).
The Remedy: Keep practicing. Your brain is going to have to become accustomed to hearing language again, so anything you can do to help provide some repetition will help. Try reading along with closed caption while watching your favorite show or along with an audiobook. Merely having more discussions with the people around you is a very good way to practice, as well.
You can find a solution regardless of why you’re not wearing your hearing aid. And you need to use your hearing aid consistently in order to protect your cognitive health and the health of your hearing.
So if you’re not wearing your hearing aids? Identify the problem and find a solution, so you can help your hearing aids, and all that they help you hear, part of your everyday life. If you suspect your hearing aids need adjustment, get in touch with your hearing care specialist now.