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So, it’s not all that often that you wear your hearing aids? Perhaps you put them in when you go to a party or go to the theater, but in most cases, you leave them in the drawer. Do you really need to wear them more often than that?

The problem is that when you don’t wear your hearing aids on a regular basis, you’re creating some troubling disadvantages for yourself over the long term. Your hearing may get drastically worse. Cognitive decline and social isolation could be the consequences. Your general health might be jeopardized. This article will help you comprehend why you should be using your hearing aids.

Why Are Your Hearing Aids Not in

You most likely have a good reason for keeping your hearing aids in a somewhere in a drawer. 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.

Certainly, though, there’s more to it than that. If you go a little deeper, you’ll likely find that there’s a particular complaint at the heart of your infrequent hearing aid use. And there’s also a very exact solution to your problem.

The following are some of the most common grievances;

“My Hearing Aids Feel Uncomfortable”

One of the most frequently mentioned reasons that people discontinue using their hearing aids regularly is discomfort. Maybe the hearing aid won’t stop falling out of your ear. Or maybe your over-the-ear model chafes in just the wrong spot, causing tenderness and pain.

Hearing aids aren’t intended to be uncomfortable, so if they’re creating discomfort of any sort, something is certainly not right. And it’s easy to understand that you wouldn’t want to use a piece of technology that creates soreness, pain, or frustration.

Possible solution: If you’re uncomfortable with your hearing aids, a follow-up fitting session is something you should consider. A couple small tweaks might be all your hearing aid requires. Some designs can even be completely customized to the size and shape of your ears. You will be capable of leaving your hearing aid in longer if it fits properly and is comfortable.

My Hearing Aid Has Poor Sound Quality

Maybe you experience the sound of your hearing aid to be too tinny or fuzzy so you don’t use them very often. If that’s the situation, it’s not surprising that you’ve decided to stow your hearing aids in a drawer somewhere and save them for “special occasions”.”

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

Solution: This difficulty has two potential solution: upkeep and calibration. It’s possible that your hearing aids are broken in some way or another and have 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 Are Muffled

You want to hear voices with clarity. When you first bought hearing aids that was the whole point! You didn’t want to miss one word. So it may be a bit frustrating if all the voices you hear with you’re hearing aid are muffled or difficult to understand.

This generally happens 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 falling out or something).

Solution: Practice. Comprehending what people are saying is something your brain will have to become accustomed to, so whatever you can do to get some repetition will help. Try reading along with closed caption to your favorite show or along with an audiobook. Just having more discussions with the people who are around you is a great way to practice, as well.

Finding Solutions

The point is regardless of what your reason for not using your hearing aids might, there’s a solution somewhere. And it is imperative, both for your hearing health and for your cognitive well-being, that you use your hearing aids regularly.

So if you’re not wearing your hearing aids? Identify the problem and come up with 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 right away.

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