According to research, 15% of Americans report having trouble hearing. Yet only 30% of those over 70 and 16% of those under 70 who would benefit from a hearing aid wear one.
Despite the endless studies that show the tremendous benefits of wearing hearing aids. Despite increased risks to health and happiness for those who don’t.
Maybe you’re one of the many struggling to convince yourself to wear an assistive device.
What if one simple solution could reopen your world to the connection and peace of mind found in hearing? Wouldn’t you want to do it?
These tips may be just what you need to realize all of the many proven benefits of wearing these devices.
1. “It Doesn’t Fit”
If your hearing aid doesn’t fit, it not only won’t be comfortable, it won’t provide you with the desired hearing experience.
Don’t let that turn you off to hearing aids. Sometimes, just changing out the tube or ear mold will completely change the experience.
If it has a wire, the wire may be too long. The tip and filter may need replacing.
These are all very low-cost fixes that can make all the difference both in comfort and how well you are able to hear.
Everyone’s ear is unique. And some people are more sensitive to certain parts of the device.
If something doesn’t feel right about your hearing aid, ask your hearing specialist to take a look.
2. “I’m Embarrassed”
If you’re not wearing your hearing aid because you think it makes you seem older or less able, here’s something to think about.
Hearing aids today are technologically-advanced and discreet. Most of the time no one sees it unless they’re really looking for it.
Because these devices can work with smartphones and other modern devices, the public perception of them is changing. People now see them as more of an extension of their devices, not as something to be embarrassed about.
They support an active lifestyle and have been shown to help people stay more active and social. People who wear their hearing aids see improvements in their relationships, their health and happiness.
Wearing hearing aids doesn’t close doors on your social life, it opens them and helps you stay connected.
3. “I Can’t Figure It Out”
“How do I replace the batteries?” “What’s the right setting for this?” “Can you show me how to stream music from my smartphone to my hearing aids again?”
We all struggle with new technology. Just remember that. It’s never easy to learn something new. The people who make things look easy only have one single thing that you don’t have.
That’s “practice.” Practice makes perfect. So be patient with yourself. Take it one step at a time. And be committed to learning how to use your hearing aids.
In a matter of months, you’ll be making it look easy.
4. “I Forget to Wear It”
Wearing hearing aids will eventually become a habit. But in the beginning, you’ll need to create reminders to help you in the morning.
Consistency is very important when wearing hearing aids.
They have a technology called machine learning. A complex but tiny computer in your hearing device learns from your surroundings. It then adjusts itself to help you hear at your best.
But just like a child needs consistent correction and positive reinforcement to learn, hearing aids also need consistency. If you’re not wearing it, it can’t learn.
Additionally, your brain needs time to adapt to hearing with hearing aids. If you let your hearing get bad before getting hearing aids, then your brain began to “unlearn” how to hear and understand sounds.
How long it takes to retrain your brain depends on how long you waited to get hearing aids. It could take a few months. Or it might take close to a year.
But even if it takes a year, your hearing will be improving every day you wear your hearing aids.
5. “It’s Not Working Like It Once Did”
Maybe you were happy with your hearing aids, but they no longer seem to be working as well as they once did.
Just like a car, sometimes hearing aids need a tune-up. Let a hearing professional take a look and fine-tune its performance.
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Give these tips a try. See what works for you. If you’re still struggling, don’t struggle alone. Schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist who wants to work with you and help you hear at your best.