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So you don’t use your hearing aids regularly? Perhaps you put them in when you go to a party or go to the theater, but otherwise, you leave them in your drawer. Do you really need to wear them more often than that?

In the long run, you make problems for yourself if you’re not wearing 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 result. Your general health might be jeopardized. So, if you are not using your hearing aids, you should definitely be reading this.

Why Aren’t Your Hearing Aids in Your Ears?

If your hearing aids are stored in a nightstand drawer somewhere, you most likely have a reason. You may have decided to keep those reasons to yourself. Perhaps you evade the questions from your family when they ask why you’re not wearing them.

Undoubtedly, though, there’s more to the story 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 issue.

What follows are some of the most common issues;

“My Hearing Aids Feel Uncomfortable”

Discomfort is one of the most commonly cited grounds for people not using their hearing aids. Often, the hearing aid keeps falling out of your ear. Or perhaps tenderness and pain are occurring in just the wrong spot with your over-the-ear model.

Hearing aids aren’t intended to be unpleasant, so if they’re causing discomfort of any kind, something is surely not right. And it’s logical that you wouldn’t want to wear a piece of technology that creates soreness, pain, or frustration.

Possible solution: If your hearing aids are not comfortable, think about scheduling an additional or follow-up fitting appointment. A couple small tweaks could be all your hearing aid requires. Some models can even be totally personalized to the shape and size of your ears. The more comfortable your hearing aid fits, the more likely you are to leave it in place for long periods of time.

My Hearing Aid Has Poor Sound Quality

Maybe 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’ve decided to put away your hearing aids for a special occasion, if that’s the case.”

Hearing aids are executing complicated auditory functions all of the time as they increase some sounds while filtering out others and that can cause a fuzzy or tinny sound. So if your settings aren’t correctly adjusted, the sound quality might seem unreliable.

Solution: This difficulty has two potential solution: upkeep and calibration. Your hearing aids could be damaged in some way or another and need to be
repaired. But it’s also possible that they just need a simple calibration (normally this is something your hearing specialist can do for you).

When I Use my Hearing Aid Voices Seem Muffled

You want to hear voices with clarity. That’s the whole reason why you bought hearing aids to begin with! You didn’t want to miss out on one word. So if all the voices you hear are difficult to understand and are muffled it might be a little bit aggravating.

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 like they had a disagreement or something).

Solution: Practice. Your brain is going to have to get used to hearing language again, so whatever you can do to get some repetition will help. Try reading along with closed caption to your favorite tv show or along with an audiobook. Another way to get some beneficial practice is simply by having conversations with people you come in contact with.

Finding Solutions

The point is regardless of what your justification for not using your hearing aids maybe, there is a solution somewhere. And you need to wear your hearing aid routinely in order to safeguard your cognitive health and the well being of your hearing.

So if your hearing aids aren’t be working well for you? Determine the issue and come up with a solution, so you can help your hearing aids, and everything that they help you hear, part of your everyday life. If you believe your hearing aids require adjustment, get in touch with your hearing care expert now.

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