So you don’t use your hearing aids regularly? Maybe 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 wear them more regularly than that?
The concern is that when you don’t wear your hearing aids on a regular basis, you’re developing some troubling shortcomings for yourself over time. You could irreversibly harm your hearing. You could suffer from social isolation and mental decline. Your overall health might be affected. So, if you are not wearing your hearing aids, you should definitely pay attention to this.
Why Are Your Hearing Aids Not in
If your hearing aids are stored in a nightstand drawer somewhere, you probably have a reason. You might have decided to keep those reasons to yourself. Perhaps, when your family questions you, you even say something nondescript and elusive, like, “I just don’t like them”.
Stilted dialogue to the side, we know that’s not the complete story, right? Usually, there’s a particular reason why you’re not using your hearing aids. Specific grievances are positive because they generate the possibility to find an equally specific remedy.
The following are some of the most common grievances;
“My Hearing Aids Aren’t Very Comfortable”
Discomfort is one of the most frequently cited grounds for people not using their hearing aids. Perhaps the hearing aid keeps falling out of your ear. Or maybe tenderness and pain are happening in just the wrong spot with your over-the-ear model.
Hearing aids aren’t supposed to be unpleasant, so if they’re creating discomfort of any sort, something is definitely wrong. And frustration, pain and soreness are not things you would want from any piece of technology.
Possible solution: If you’re not comfortable with your hearing aids, consider scheduling an additional or follow-up fitting session. A couple slight tweaks may be all your hearing aid needs. Some designs can even be entirely personalized to the shape and size of your ears. You will be able to leave your hearing aid in longer if it fits properly and is comfortable.
My Hearing Aid Has Poor Sound Quality
Perhaps you experience the sound of your hearing aid to be too tinny or fuzzy so you don’t wear them very often. It’s not shocking 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 carrying out complicated auditory functions at all times, amplifying some sounds while filtering out others. So the sound quality may seem unreliable if your settings aren’t properly tweaked.
Solution: There are two potential solutions to this problem: calibration and maintenance. Your hearing aids may be broken in some form or another and need to be
repaired. But it’s also possible that they basically need a simple calibration (generally this is something your hearing specialist can do for you).
When I Use my Hearing Aid Voices Are Muffled
You need to hear voices with clarity. When you first got hearing aids that was the whole point! You needed to make sure you didn’t miss any relevant interactions. So if all the voices you hear are hard to understand and sound muffled it could be a bit aggravating.
This usually happens when you first use your hearing aids because your brain and ears aren’t necessarily used to communicating very well anymore (it’s like they had a disagreement or something).
Solution: 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 to an audiobook or reading along with the closed captioning while you watch tv. Merely having more conversations with the people around you is a great way to practice, as well.
The point is that no matter what your justification for not wearing your hearing aids maybe, there is an answer somewhere. And you need to use your hearing aid routinely in order to safeguard your cognitive health and the well being of your hearing.
So if you’re not wearing your hearing aids? After pinpointing the problem, find a solution, so you can get involved in your life again. If you think your hearing aids require adjustment, consult your hearing care professional now.