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’re, for example, going to a party or to the theater. Do you really need to wear them more often than that?

In the long run, you create problems for yourself if you’re not using your hearing aids on a regular basis and that’s an issue. You could harm your hearing permanently. Cognitive decline and social isolation could be the outcome. You may compromise your general health. So, if you are not wearing your hearing aids, you should definitely be reading this.

Why Are Your Hearing Aids Not in

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

Stilted dialogue aside, we know that’s not the full story, right? If you dig a little deeper, you’ll probably find that there’s a specific grievance at the heart of your irregular hearing aid use. And there’s also a very specific solution to your issue.

Some of the most common complaints include the following;

“My Hearing Aids Don’t Feel That Comfortable”

Discomfort is one of the most frequently cited grounds for people not using their hearing aids. Often, the hearing aid won’t stop falling out of your ear. Or maybe tenderness and pain are developing 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 irritation of any sort, something is certainly not right. And soreness, frustration, and pain are not things you would desire from any piece of technology.

Possible solution: If your hearing aids are uncomfortable, a follow-up fitting session is something you should think about. It’s quite feasible that the way your hearing aid fits just requires a couple of quick adjustments. The size and shape of your ear can even be the basis of a complete customization of some models. The more comfortable your hearing aid is, the more likely you are to keep it in place for long periods of time.

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 wear them very often. It’s not surprising that you have decided to put your hearing aids away for a special occasion, if that’s the case.”

This tinny or fuzzy sound can happen because hearing aids are performing complicated auditory functions at all times, amplifying some sounds while filtering out others. So if your settings aren’t correctly adjusted, the sound quality may seem unreliable.

Solution: This difficulty has two possible answer: calibration and upkeep. It could be that your hearing aids are damaged in some way or another and require repairs. But it might be possible that they just need a simple calibration (normally this is something your hearing specialist can take care of 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. When you first purchased hearing aids that was the whole reason! You didn’t want to miss out on a single word. So if all the voices you hear are hard to comprehend and are muffled it may be a bit discouraging.

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

The Remedy: Practice. Understanding what people are saying is something your brain will have to become accustomed to, so putting yourself in situations where you can hear people conversing regularly will be helpful. Try reading along to an audiobook or reading along with the closed captioning while you watch tv. Just having more discussions with the people who are around you is a great way to get some practice, too.

Finding Solutions

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

So if your hearing aids aren’t be working perfectly for you? Determine the issue and come up with a solution, so you can get involved in your life again. If you think your hearing aids require adjustment, contact your hearing care professional now.