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So you don’t wear your hearing aids regularly? Most of the time you keep them in the drawer unless you’re, for instance, going to a party or to the theater. Is it really necessary to use them more often than that?

Over time, you make trouble for yourself if you’re not using your hearing aids on a regular basis and that’s a problem. Your hearing may get considerably worse. Cognitive decline and social isolation could be the consequences. Your general health might be affected. This article will help you comprehend why you should be using your hearing aids.

Why Aren’t Your Hearing Aids in Your Ears?

You likely have a good justification 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 nondescript and evasive, like, “I just don’t like them”.

Certainly, though, there’s more to it than that. Usually, there’s a specific reason why you don’t use your hearing aids. And there’s also a very specific solution to your issue.

The following are some of the most common grievances;

“My Hearing Aids Don’t Feel That Comfortable”

One of the most regularly cited reasons that people discontinue wearing their hearing aids regularly is discomfort. Perhaps 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 supposed to be uncomfortable, so something is certainly wrong if they are creating any kind of irritation. And it’s understandable that you wouldn’t want to use a piece of technology that causes pain, frustration or soreness.

Possible solution: If you’re not comfortable with your hearing aids, consider setting up an additional or follow-up fitting appointment. A couple slight adjustments might be all your hearing aid needs. Some models can even be totally customized to the size and shape of your ears. The more comfortable your hearing aid is, the more likely you are to keep it in place for long periods of time.

My Hearing Aid Has Poor Sound Quality

Maybe you don’t use your hearing aids regularly because you find the sound to be fuzzy or tinny. If that’s the circumstance, it’s not shocking that you’ve decided to store your hearing aids in your nightstand drawer and save them for “special occasions”.”

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

Solution: There are two potential solutions to this problem: maintenance and calibration. It’s possible that your hearing aids are damaged in some way or another and require repairs. But your hearing specialist can do a simple calibration which is all your hearing aids may require.

Voices Seem Muffled With my Hearing Aids

When you listen to people talk, you want to be able to hear them clearly. When you first got hearing aids that was the whole reason! You didn’t want to miss one word. So if all the voices you hear are difficult to understand and are muffled it could be a bit annoying.

This usually happens when you first use your hearing aids because your ears and brain aren’t necessarily used to communicating very well anymore (it’s as if they had a disagreement or something).

The Solution: Keep practicing. Comprehending conversations is something your brain will need to become accustomed to, so putting yourself in situations where you can hear people conversing regularly will help. Try reading along to an audiobook or reading along with the closed captioning while watching NCIS. Another way to get some beneficial practice is simply by having conversations with people you come in contact with.

Finding Answers

The point is that no matter what your justification for not wearing your hearing aids might, there is a solution somewhere. And it is vital, both for the health of your hearing and for your cognitive fitness, that you use your hearing aids regularly.

So if your hearing aids aren’t be working perfectly for you? Determine the problem and come up with a solution, so you can help your hearing aids, and everything that they help you hear, part of your daily life. If you suspect your hearing aids require adjustment, consult your hearing care professional right away.

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