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So you don’t wear your hearing aids regularly? Most of the time you leave them in the drawer unless you are, for example, going to the theater or to a party. Do you really need to wear them more often than that?

The concern is that when you don’t wear your hearing aids regularly, you’re developing some troubling shortcomings for yourself in the long run. Your hearing may get drastically worse. You could suffer from social isolation and cognitive decline. You could compromise your general health. This content will help you comprehend why you should be using your hearing aids.

Why Are Your Hearing Aids Not in

If your hearing aids are stored in a nightstand drawer somewhere, you most likely have a reason. You might have decided to keep those reasons to yourself. Perhaps, when your family questions you, you even say something generic and elusive, such as, “I just don’t like them”.

Stilted dialogue to the side, we know that’s not the complete story, right? If you go a little deeper, you’ll probably find that there’s a particular grievance at the heart of your sporadic hearing aid use. And there’s also a very exact solution to your issue.

The following are some of the most frequent complaints;

“My Hearing Aids Feel Uncomfortable”

Discomfort is one of the most frequently reported grounds for people not using their hearing aids. Perhaps the hearing aid keeps falling out of your ear. Or maybe your over-the-ear model chafes in just the wrong spot, causing pain and tenderness.

Hearing aids aren’t supposed to be uncomfortable, so if they’re creating discomfort 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 your hearing aids are not comfortable, think about setting up an additional or follow-up fitting session. A few little tweaks could be all your hearing aid requires. The size and shape of your ear can even be the foundation of a complete 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.

I’m Experiencing Poor Quality Sound From my Hearing Aids

Perhaps you don’t use your hearing aids regularly because you experiencing the sound to be tinny or fuzzy. It’s not shocking that you have decided to put away your hearing aids for a special occasion, if that’s the case.”

Hearing aids are completing complex auditory functions all of the time as they increase some sounds while filtering out others and that can result in a tinny or fuzzy sound. So the sound quality might seem unreliable if your settings aren’t correctly tweaked.

Solution: There are two potential solutions to this difficulty: upkeep and calibration. It could be that your hearing aids are damaged in some form or another and have to be repaired. But your hearing specialist can perform a simple calibration which is all your hearing aids may need.

When I Use my Hearing Aid Voices Seem Muffled

When you hear people talking, you want to be able to hear them with clarity. When you first bought hearing aids that was the whole reason! You didn’t want to miss a single word. So if all the voices you hear are difficult to comprehend and are muffled it may be a little bit discouraging.

Because your ears and brain aren’t communicating effectively anymore, this issue commonly happens when you first buy your hearing aids.

Solution: Practice. Your brain is going to have to become accustomed to hearing language again, so putting yourself in a position to hear people talking regularly will be helpful. Try reading along to an audiobook or reading along with the closed captioning while watching television. Another way to get some good practice is by simply having discussions with people around you.

Finding Answers

The point is that no matter what your justification for not using your hearing aids might, there’s an answer somewhere. And you have to wear your hearing aid consistently in order to protect your cognitive health and the well being of your hearing.

So if you’re not using your hearing aids? Determine the problem and come up with a solution, so you can make your hearing aids, and all that they help you hear, part of your daily life. If you think your hearing aids need adjustment, contact your hearing care expert as soon as possible.

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