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So you don’t wear 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 the drawer. Is it really important to wear them more often than that?

The problem is that when you don’t wear your hearing aids regularly, you’re developing some troubling disadvantages for yourself over time. Your hearing could get considerably worse. You could suffer from cognitive decline or social isolation. You may compromise your overall health. This content will help you understand why you should be using your hearing aids.

Why Are Your Hearing Aids Not in

You likely have a good reason for keeping your hearing aids in a drawer somewhere. Sure, perhaps you haven’t exactly been forthcoming about what those reasons might be. Perhaps, when your family questions you, you even say something generic and evasive, like, “I just don’t like them”.

Stilted dialogue aside, we know that’s not the full story, right? Usually, there’s an exact reason why you don’t use your hearing aids. Specific grievances are positive because they generate the possibility to find an equally specific solution.

Some of the most common issues include the examples below;

“My Hearing Aids Don’t Feel Comfortable”

Discomfort is one of the most commonly reported reasons for people not wearing their hearing aids. Often, the hearing aid won’t stop falling out of your ear. Or maybe your over-the-ear model irritates just the wrong spot, causing pain and tenderness.

Hearing aids aren’t intended to be unpleasant, so something is most definitely wrong if they’re causing any sort of discomfort. And it’s understandable that you wouldn’t want to use a piece of technology that causes soreness, pain, or frustration.

Possible solution: If your hearing aids are uncomfortable, a follow-up fitting session is something you should consider. A couple small tweaks could be all your hearing aid requires. The shape and size of your ear can even be the basis of a complete customization of some models. You will be capable of leaving your hearing aid in longer if it fits properly and is comfortable.

I’m Experiencing Poor Quality Sound From my Hearing Aids

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

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

Solution: There are two possible solutions to this problem: maintenance and calibration. It’s possible that your hearing aids are damaged in some way or another and need to be repaired. But it’s also possible that they basically need a simple calibration (generally this is something your hearing specialist can take care of for you).

Voices Are Muffled When I Use my Hearing Aids

You want to hear voices clearly. That’s the entire reason why you bought hearing aids in the first place! You didn’t want to miss one word. So it may be a bit aggravating if all the voices you hear when your wearing you’re hearing aid are muffled or hard to comprehend.

This generally occurs when you first buy 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: Keep practicing. Understanding what people are saying is something your brain will have to become accustomed to, so anything you can do to get some repetition will help. Try reading along to an audiobook or reading along with the closed captioning while you watch television. Another way to get some good practice is by simply having conversations with people around you.

Finding Solutions

The point is regardless of what your reason for not wearing your hearing aids maybe, there’s an answer somewhere. And it is essential, both for your hearing health and for your cognitive fitness, that you wear your hearing aids regularly.

So if you’re not using your hearing aids? Determine the problem and find a solution, so you can get involved in your life again. If you believe your hearing aids need adjustment, get in touch with your hearing care specialist as soon as possible.