So, it’s not all that often that you wear 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 necessary to wear them more regularly than that?
In the long run, you make trouble for yourself if you’re not using your hearing aids on a regular basis and that’s an issue. Your hearing could get considerably worse. You could have problems with social isolation and mental decline. Your overall health could be compromised. So, if you’re not wearing your hearing aids, you should certainly be reading this.
Why Aren’t You Using Your Hearing Aid?
You most likely have a good excuse for keeping your hearing aids in a drawer somewhere. Sure, maybe you haven’t really been forthcoming about what those reasons might be. Maybe, when your family asks, you even say something nondescript and evasive, such as, “I just don’t like them”.
Stilted dialogue to the side, we know that’s not the complete story, right? If you dig a little deeper, you’ll likely find that there’s a specific complaint at the heart of your irregular hearing aid use. Specific issues are good because they generate an opportunity to find an equally specific remedy.
What follows are some of the most frequent grievances;
“My Hearing Aids Aren’t Very Comfortable”
Discomfort is one of the most commonly reported reasons for people not using their hearing aids. Sometimes, 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 uncomfortable, so if they’re creating irritation of any kind, something is certainly not right. And frustration, pain and soreness are not things you would want from any piece of technology.
Possible solution: If your hearing aids are not comfortable, consider setting up an additional or follow-up fitting appointment. It’s altogether possible that the fit of your hearing aid just requires a few quick alterations. The size and shape of your ear can even be the foundation of an entire customization of some designs. The more comfortable your hearing aid fits, the more likely you are to keep the device in place for long periods of time.
I’m Experiencing Poor Quality Sound From my Hearing Aids
Perhaps you experience the sound of your hearing aid to be too tinny or fuzzy so you don’t use them very often. It’s not shocking that you’ve decided to put away your hearing aids for a special occasion, if that’s the case.”
This tinny or fuzzy sound can happen because hearing aids are doing complicated auditory processes at all times, amplifying some sounds while filtering out others. So the sound quality may seem hard to rely on if your settings aren’t properly tweaked.
Solution: There are two potential solutions to this problem: maintenance and calibration. Your hearing aids may be damaged in some way or another and need to be
repaired. But it might be possible that they basically need a simple calibration (generally this is something your hearing specialist can take care of for you).
When I Use my Hearing Aid Voices Seem Muffled
When you listen to people talk, you want to be able to hear them with clarity. When you first got hearing aids that was the whole point! You needed to be sure you didn’t miss out on any relevant interactions. So it might be a little bit aggravating if all the voices you hear when your wearing you’re hearing aid are muffled or difficult to understand.
This normally occurs when you first use your hearing aids because your brain and ears aren’t necessarily used to communicating very well anymore (it’s as if they had a disagreement or something).
Solution: Practice. Your brain will have to become accustomed to hearing language again, so putting yourself in situations where you can hear people conversing regularly will help. Try reading along with closed caption to your favorite program or along with an audiobook. Another way to get some beneficial practice is simply by having conversations with people around you.
The point is regardless of what your justification for not using your hearing aids maybe, there’s an answer somewhere. And it is imperative, both for your hearing health and your cognitive fitness, that you use your hearing aids routinely.
So if your hearing aids aren’t be working very well for you? After identifying the problem, find a solution, so you can get active in your life again. If you suspect your hearing aids need adjustment, contact your hearing care professional as soon as possible.