Why Wearing Your Hearing Aids Matters

Woman wearing hearing aids enjoys a hike with friends.

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

The issue is that when you don’t wear your hearing aids on a regular basis, you’re developing some troubling disadvantages for yourself over time. You could irreversibly injure your hearing. Cognitive decline and social isolation could be the outcome. Your overall health might be jeopardized. So, if you aren’t wearing your hearing aids, you should definitely be reading this.

Why Aren’t Your Hearing Aids in Your Ears?

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

Certainly, though, there’s more to the story than that. If you dig a little deeper, you’ll likely find that there’s a particular complaint at the heart of your irregular hearing aid use. Specific grievances are positive because they create the possibility to find an equally specific remedy.

The following are some of the most common complaints;

“My Hearing Aids Don’t Feel That Comfortable”

One of the most regularly cited reasons that individuals stop wearing their hearing aids regularly is discomfort. Often, the hearing aid won’t stop falling out of your ear. Or perhaps pain and tenderness are developing in just the wrong spot with your over-the-ear model.

It’s not supposed to be uncomfortable to use hearing aids, so something is surely wrong if they are causing any sort of irritation. And it’s easy to understand that you wouldn’t want to use a piece of technology that creates pain, frustration or soreness.

Possible solution: If your hearing aids are not comfortable, consider setting up an additional or follow-up fitting appointment. A couple little adjustments might be all your hearing aid requires. Some models can even be completely personalized to the size and shape of your ears. 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

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

This fuzzy or tinny sound can happen because hearing aids are doing complex auditory processes all the time, filtering out some sounds while trying to amplify others. So the sound quality might seem hard to rely on if your settings aren’t properly adjusted.

Solution: This issue has two potential answer: calibration and upkeep. It’s possible that your hearing aids are damaged in some form or another and require repairs. But it might be possible that they just need a simple calibration (generally this is something your hearing specialist can do for you).

Voices Are Muffled When I Use my Hearing Aids

When you listen to people talk, you want to be able to hear them with clarity. When you first bought hearing aids that was the whole reason! You didn’t want to miss out on one word. So it may be a little bit aggravating if all the voices you hear with you’re hearing aid sound muffled or hard to comprehend.

Because your brain and ears aren’t communicating effectively anymore, this issue commonly occurs when you first purchase your hearing aids.

The Remedy: Keep practicing. Your brain is going to have to get used to hearing language again, so whatever you can do to help provide some repetition will help. Try reading along to an audiobook or reading along with the closed captioning while you watch tv. Merely having more discussions with the people around you is a perfect way to practice, too.

Getting Solutions

You can discover a solution regardless of why you’re not wearing your hearing aid. And you have to wear your hearing aid routinely in order to protect your cognitive health and the health of your hearing.

So if your hearing aids don’t seem to be working perfectly for you? After determining the problem, find a solution, so you can get active in your life again. If you believe your hearing aids require adjustment, consult your hearing care expert right away.