One study by the University of Manchester revealed that as many as 20% of people who own hearing aids do not actually wear them. The reason this is alarming for audiologists is because untreated hearing loss is associated with increased risk of loneliness, social isolation, anxiety, depression and cognitive decline.
A single visit to your audiologist can address any issue you’re having with your devices. Below we review common reasons for hearing aid nonuse identified by a 2013 study and how an audiologist can help.
1. Perceived as Not Effective/Did Not Meet Expectations
If you feel like your hearing aids are not effective or they simply aren’t meeting your expectations, all that may be needed is a reprogramming of your devices. Your audiologist can also create new programs for environments you may find yourself in where your hearing aids aren’t yet cutting it, like Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse during the dinner rush. This is why follow-up care is key to successful outcomes with hearing aids.
2. Challenges with Fit, Comfort & Use/Side Effects Such as Rashes or Itching
If your hearing aids don’t physically fit or are uncomfortable to wear due to pressure or because your skin is sensitive to the material, your audiologist can create new earmolds. These can be done in the same material if fit is the only issue, or in an alternative material if you seem to be allergic to the originals.
3. Challenges with Care and Maintenance/Ongoing Cost of Batteries, Maintenance & Repair
If your devices aren’t in proper working order, you can bring them to your audiologist for a clean and check appointment. At this appointment, your audiologist can diagnose and fix any issues that are present. We recommend bringing them in for a clean and check every six months.
If you’re having trouble with costs, communicate with your audiologist. They may be able to offer you financing options or a payment plan.
4. Stigma/Appearance/Cosmetic Concerns
Wearable technology is growing increasingly popular, meaning most people won’t think twice if they do happen to notice a piece of hearing technology on your ears. In addition, hearing aids are becoming sleeker and more discreet. Talk to your audiologist about the latest hearing aids and all of the features they offer.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a hearing aid expert, call Nevada Ear + Sinus Institute today.
Call Nevada Ear + Sinus Institute at (702) 735-7668 for more information or to schedule an appointment.