Why Does it Matter if You Wear Your Hearing Aids

Woman wearing hearing aids enjoys a hike with friends.

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

Over time, you create trouble for yourself if you’re not using your hearing aids regularly and that’s a problem. Your hearing may get considerably worse. You could suffer from social isolation and cognitive decline. You could compromise your overall health. So, if you’re not wearing your hearing aids, you should definitely be reading this.

Why Are Your Hearing Aids Not in

If your hearing aids are sitting unused in a nightstand drawer somewhere, you probably have a reason. Sure, maybe you haven’t specifically been honest about what those reasons are. Perhaps, when your family questions you, you might even say something nondescript and evasive, such as, “I just don’t like them”.

Stilted dialogue to the side, we know that’s not the full story, right? If you dig a little deeper, you’ll most likely find that there’s a particular complaint at the heart of your irregular hearing aid use. And there’s also a very exact solution to your issue.

Some of the most typical grievances include the examples below;

“My Hearing Aids Feel Uncomfortable”

Discomfort is one of the most frequently reported reasons for people not wearing their hearing aids. Sometimes, the hearing aid keeps 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 wear hearing aids, so if they’re creating discomfort of any sort, something is definitely not right. And it’s logical that you wouldn’t want to use a piece of technology that creates pain, frustration or soreness.

Possible solution: If your hearing aids are uncomfortable, a follow-up fitting session is something you should consider. A couple small adjustments might be all your hearing aid needs. The size and shape of your ear can even be the foundation of a complete customization of some designs. You will be able to leave your hearing aid in longer if it fits properly and is comfortable.

I’m Experiencing Poor Quality Sound From my Hearing Aids

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

Hearing aids are completing complex auditory functions all the time as they increase some sounds while getting rid of others and that can cause a fuzzy or tinny sound. So the sound quality may seem unreliable if your settings aren’t correctly adjusted.

Solution: This challenge has two potential solution: maintenance and calibration. Your hearing aids may be damaged in some way or another and require repairing. But it might be possible that they basically need a simple calibration (usually this is something your hearing specialist can do for you).

When I Use my Hearing Aid Voices Are Muffled

When you hear people talking, you want to be able to hear them clearly. That’s the whole reason you purchased hearing aids in the first place! You needed to make certain you didn’t miss out on any important conversations. So it could be a little bit aggravating if all the voices you hear when your wearing you’re hearing aid are muffled or hard to comprehend.

Because your ears and brain aren’t communicating very well anymore, this problem normally happens when you first get your hearing aids.

The Remedy: Keep practicing. Your brain will need to get used to hearing language again, so putting yourself in situations where you can hear people talking regularly will be helpful. Try reading along with closed caption while watching your favorite tv show or along with an audiobook. Another way to get some good practice is by simply having discussions with people you come in contact with.

Getting Answers

The point is that no matter what your justification for not wearing your hearing aids maybe, there is an answer somewhere. And it is imperative, both for your hearing health and your cognitive fitness, that you use your hearing aids routinely.

So if you’re not wearing your hearing aids? Determine the problem and find a solution, so you can get active in your life again. If you think your hearing aids require adjustment, contact your hearing care expert right away.

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.