So, it’s not all that often that you use your hearing aids? Most of the time you keep them in the drawer unless you are, for example, going to a party or to the theater. Is it actually important to use them more regularly than that?
The problem is that when you don’t wear your hearing aids on a regular basis, you’re developing some troubling shortcomings for yourself in the long run. Your hearing could get drastically worse. Cognitive decline and social isolation could be the outcome. You might compromise your overall health. This article will help you understand why you should be using your hearing aids.
Why Aren’t Your Hearing Aids in Your Ears?
You most likely have a good excuse for keeping your hearing aids in a drawer somewhere. You may have decided to keep those reasons to yourself. Perhaps, when your family asks, you even say something generic and elusive, such as, “I just don’t like them”.
Certainly, though, there’s more to the story than that. If you dig a little deeper, you’ll most likely find that there’s a particular complaint at the heart of your irregular hearing aid use. Specific complaints are good because they generate the possibility to find an equally specific solution.
Some of the most common issues include the examples below;
“My Hearing Aids Aren’t Very Comfortable”
Discomfort is one of the most commonly cited grounds for people not wearing their hearing aids. Sometimes, the hearing aid won’t stop falling out of your ear. Or perhaps tenderness and pain are developing in just the wrong spot with your over-the-ear model.
Hearing aids aren’t supposed to be uncomfortable, so if they’re creating discomfort of any kind, something is definitely wrong. And soreness, frustration, and pain are not things you would desire from any piece of technology.
Possible solution: If your hearing aids are uncomfortable, a follow-up fitting session is something you should consider. It’s entirely possible that the way your hearing aid fits simply needs a couple of quick alterations. The size and shape of your ear can even be the basis of an entire customization of some models. The more comfortable your hearing aid is, the more likely you are to leave the device in place for long periods of time.
My Hearing Aid Has Poor Sound Quality
Perhaps you find the sound of your hearing aid to be too fuzzy or tinny so you don’t use them that often. If that’s the case, it’s not shocking that you’ve decided to stow your hearing aids in a drawer somewhere and save them for “special occasions”.”
This tinny or fuzzy sound can happen because hearing aids are carrying out complex auditory functions all the time, filtering out some sounds while trying to amplify others. So if your settings aren’t correctly adjusted, the sound quality might seem unreliable.
Solution: This issue has two possible solution: calibration and upkeep. Your hearing aids might be broken in some form or another and need to be
repaired. But it’s also possible that they just need a simple calibration (usually this is something your hearing specialist can do for you).
When I Use my Hearing Aid Voices Seem Muffled
You want to hear voices clearly. When you first bought hearing aids that was the whole point! You needed to make certain you didn’t miss out on any relevant conversations. So if all the voices you hear are hard to understand and sound muffled it could be a little bit frustrating.
This usually occurs when you first use your hearing aids because your brain and ears aren’t necessarily used to communicating all that well anymore (it’s as if they had a falling out or something).
Solution: Practice. Understanding what people are saying is something your brain will need to become accustomed to, so anything you can do to help provide some repetition will help. Try reading along with closed caption to your favorite show or along with an audiobook. Another way to get some good practice is simply by having discussions with people you come in contact with.
The point is that no matter what your justification for not wearing your hearing aids maybe, there’s a solution 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 using your hearing aids? Determine the problem and find a solution, so you can help your hearing aids, and all that they help you hear, part of your daily life. If you think your hearing aids require adjustment, get in touch with your hearing care professional now.