Three Reasons People Don't Wear Their Hearing Aids
you know that only around 20% of people who could benefit from hearing aids actually use them regularly? It's amazing, but true (People don't war their hearing aids). We work with patients all the time who have hearing aids but leave them out most of the time, or only wear them on special occasions.
At Thousand Islands Hearing, our goal is to bring better hearing solutions to everyone who passes through our doors. But that's hard for us to accomplish if people don't use their hearing aids! So today, we wanted to talk a bit about the reasons we hear for why hearing aids go unused, and how to solve those problems so you can enjoy better hearing all the time.
Three Challenges That Deter People from Using Their Hearing Aids
1. "It's a poor fit."
Probably the most common complaint we hear is that people's hearing aids aren't a good fit. Either they are uncomfortable to wear for long periods, or they have a tendency to slip off of the ears. This is entirely fixable! Just bring your hearing aids to us, or any other hearing technology specialist, and you can have them re-fit to better suit you.
2. "I can't hear much better with them."
There are a few reasons why hearing aids might stop working correctly. At the most basic, they may simply need cleaning. Is there anything -like earwax- clogging up the input holes? It could also be electrical or mechanical problems with the hearing aids themselves. Or, it's also possible that your hearing has simply changed.
Hearing loss can change over time, and people sometimes periodically need new hearing aids.
Either way, the solution is to talk to your hearing aid specialist to have your current hearing aids examined for functionality.
3. "They sound weird."
At present, no hearing aid is going to 100% perfectly recreate natural human hearing. (Although they're consistently getting better.) However, part of this is an adjustment process. The more you use your hearing aids, the less weird they will sound. Your brain will adjust to them, and after a while, they'll start seeming more normal.
However, you need to wear them constantly for this to happen. They will always sound weird if they're only used occasionally.
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