When someone makes an investment in hearing aids, it can be a real epiphany. Once they’ve adjusted to the cafeteria of sounds the world has to offer and their sheer volume, it can feel like they’ve been given a new lease on life. So it may come as a surprise to hear that many people end up leaving their hearing aids unused in a drawer.
At Heroes of Hearing, we’re all-too-familiar with the many reasons people become disenchanted with their hearing aids. While the various rationales may be valid, each has a simple solution.
Your Hearing Aids Aren’t Comfortable
One of the main reasons people don’t wear their hearing aids is they find them uncomfortable. If this is the reason your hearing aids are lying unused, it’s likely they weren’t fitted properly. Or, you may be wearing an older model that lacks the comfort of sleeker new hearing aids.
Often, finding the most comfortable fit starts with settling on the right style of hearing aids. The following options, all of which rest snugly in the ear, are all custom-shaped:
- Invisible-In-Canal (IIC) hearing aids (mild-to-moderate hearing loss)
- Completely-In-Canal (CIC) hearing aids (mild-to-moderate hearing loss)
- In-The-Canal (ITC) hearing aids ( mild-to-severe hearing loss)
Behind-The-Ear hearing aids can also be quite comfortable. You just want the tube that extends down to your ear canal to end in a custom-fitted earmold. At Heroes of Hearing, we will work with you until you find the perfect fit.
Your Hearing Aids Are No Longer Effective
Our hearing changes over time, whether due to noise-related damage or aging. Did you get fitted with hearing aids that once worked well for you, only to find the world now sounds muffled and muted when you wear them?
It’s likely you’re wearing outdated hearing aids. You may need new ones or your existing hearing aids may need to be reprogrammed to reflect your current level of hearing loss. If you suspect this is the case, we encourage you to come to Heroes of Hearing for an exam. It’ll help us ensure your hearing devices are up to date.
You’re Tired Of Changing Your Hearing Aid Batteries
Some people feel overwhelmed with the ongoing need to change out their hearing aid batteries.
You need to keep new hearing batteries on hand. And if you have a smaller hearing aid style, it can be difficult fiddling with tiny devices and even tinier batteries.
If battery care is leaving you drained, you might want to consider getting a larger style of hearing aid. Or, you can see about getting fitted with a rechargeable hearing aid model like Widex Beyond Z receiver-in-canal style hearing aids.
You’re Embarrassed To Wear Your Hearing Aids
Not only are some people embarrassed to wear their hearing aids, they’re embarrassed that they’re embarrassed to wear their hearing aids. Talk about a double-whammy!
We all want to think that once we’re out of high school, we’ve evolved to become less self-conscious. The truth is that we all retain certain areas of vanity. Some people view wearing hearing aids as a signal to the world that they’re old and “out of it” when, in fact, by correcting hearing impairment they’re actually remaining in the mix of our ever-changing society.
Other people, especially if they wear the behind-the-ear style, don’t want their hearing aid to detract from a glam look like upswept hair.
If you feel your large hearing aids are cramping your style, you might want to consider one of the more discreet models. For instance, Invisible-in-Canal Hearing Aids are, as the name implies, virtually invisible.
Why You Should Wear Your Hearing Aids
It’s crucial to wear your hearing aids and not just because they allow you to hear the speech and ambient sounds all around you. Wearing hearing aids can help keep your hearing from deteriorating further. This is because if you deprive yourself from sound input, it can cause the auditory nerve that processes speech to atrophy. Further, untreated hearing loss has been linked with a greater risk of dementia.
While there are many reasons people don’t wear their hearing aids, there are more reasons why you should. If you’re one of the many people shelving your hearing aids, contact us today for an appointment. We’ll help you overcome any hurdles keeping you from what everyone deserves: to hear loud and clear.