Posted January 4, 2019
If you have hearing aids but put off wearing them, you’re not alone. Nearly 80 percent of Americans who could benefit from using their hearing aids, don’t use them. Instead, they gather dust in drawers and containers. Here are four reasons why people say they don’t wear their hearing aids.
1. Difficult to use – New hearing aid styles feature sleek, nearly invisible designs. Many can be easily adjusted using a smartphone app. But users often complain that they can’t figure out how to use the app or change the batteries. So they give up and put the hearing aids in a safe place out of sight. Most hearing aid companies can help customers resolve these problems with a phone call or chat on the internet. And if the devices are purchased at a local hearing center, associates are trained to help people get full use of their hearing aids.
2. Too much bother for daily use – Hearing is a brain activity that requires regular stimulation to interpret sounds correctly. Hearing aids are designed to help the brain recognize conversations and noises. Some people wear their hearing aids only for special events. But hearing experts say that if people don’t wear their hearing aids every day, they may not get the full benefit of better hearing.
3. Uncomfortable design – Just like prescription eyeglasses, hearing aids need adjustments to fit correctly. Depending on the hearing aid design, at first, the devices may be uncomfortable or fall out. But with a little patience and a visit to a hearing aid expert, hearing aids can fit properly and provide the full benefit of good hearing.
4. Doesn’t enhance hearing – Over time, hearing aids can collect dirt and grime, so they don’t work as well. Some people may experience a change in their hearing and require hearing aid maintenance. Consult a hearing professional for assistance to identify the source of the problem, so the hearing aids work properly.
About 20 percent of Americans have some form of hearing loss. Read this blog on “3 Things You Should Know About Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids.”