Why Wearing Your Hearing Aids Matters

Woman wearing hearing aids enjoys a hike with friends.

So you don’t wear your hearing aids very often? Maybe 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 use 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 shortcomings for yourself in the long run. Your hearing may get drastically worse. Cognitive decline and social isolation could be the outcome. You could compromise your general health. This article will help you discover why you should be using your hearing aids.

Why Aren’t You Using Your Hearing Aid?

You probably have a good justification for keeping your hearing aids in a somewhere in a drawer. You may have decided to keep those reasons to yourself. Maybe, when your family questions you, you might even say something nondescript and evasive, like, “I just don’t like them”.

Certainly, though, there’s more to the story than that. If you go a little deeper, you’ll probably 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 issue.

The following are some of the most common issues;

“My Hearing Aids Aren’t Comfortable”

One of the most typically cited reasons that people stop using their hearing aids normally is discomfort. Perhaps the hearing aid won’t stop falling out of your ear. Or maybe pain and tenderness are occurring in just the wrong spot with your over-the-ear model.

It’s not supposed to be uncomfortable to use hearing aids, so if they’re creating discomfort of any kind, something is certainly wrong. And frustration, pain and soreness are not things you would desire from any piece of technology.

Possible solution: If you’re not comfortable with your hearing aids, consider scheduling an additional or follow-up fitting session. A few little tweaks may be all your hearing aid needs. Some designs can even be entirely customized to the shape and size of your ears. The more comfortable your hearing aid fits, the more likely you are to leave the device in place for long periods of time.

My Hearing Aid Has Poor Sound Quality

Perhaps you experience the sound of your hearing aid to be too tinny or fuzzy so you don’t wear them that often. It’s not shocking that you have decided to put your hearing aids away for a special occasion, if that’s the situation.”

This fuzzy or tinny sound can happen because hearing aids are performing complex auditory processes all the time, amplifying some sounds while filtering out others. So if your settings aren’t properly tweaked, the sound quality may seem unreliable.

Solution: There are two potential solutions to this problem: calibration and upkeep. It’s possible that your hearing aids are damaged in some form or another and require repairs. But it’s also possible that they basically need a simple calibration (usually this is something your hearing specialist can do for you).

Voices Seem Muffled When I Use my Hearing Aids

When you listen to people talk, you want to be capable of hearing them clearly. That’s the whole reason you got hearing aids in the first place! You needed to be sure you didn’t miss any relevant discussions. So it may be a bit discouraging if all the voices you hear with you’re hearing aid sound muffled or hard to understand.

This usually happens when you first get your hearing aids because your ears and brain aren’t necessarily used to communicating all that well anymore (it’s like they had a falling out or something).

The Solution: Practice. Comprehending conversations is something your brain will need to get used to, so putting yourself in a position to hear people talking regularly will be helpful. Try reading along with an audiobook or reading along with the closed captioning while watching NCIS. Merely having more discussions with the people around you is a very good way to get some practice, as well.

Finding Answers

The point is that no matter what your justification for not wearing your hearing aids maybe, there is an answer somewhere. And you need to use your hearing aid consistently in order to safeguard your cognitive health and the health of your hearing.

So if you’re not wearing your hearing aids? After identifying the issue, find a solution, so you can get active in your life again. If you think your hearing aids require adjustment, get in touch with your hearing care expert now.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.