There’s no doubt that hearing aids can be very useful and have come a long way since the days of wearing those which are, not only big, but also lacking quality.
But despite the advancement in design and technology, I can’t help but still have my moments of doubts when wearing them. So in this post, I have explained I don’t really like wearing hearing aids.
Ok, I think…it got to come off. It just needs to come off.
I’ve had a long day wearing this thing (hearing aids) and it needs to come off. And I guess, it’s probably a good time for me to explain why sometimes I just don’t like wearing hearing aids and I’m gonna explain to you why that is.
1. They are not comfortable to wear
Here’s the thing, as well, that sometimes when you wear it for a long time and I’ve said it so many times. It’s kind of uncomfortable.
Imagine wearing an ear pod right in your ear all day, every day. It gets uncomfortable and when you take it off, it’s a bit of a relief. That’s how it feels like. Imagine taking your shoes off after a long day. It’s a nice feeling, isn’t it? And that’s how it feels like for me.
If you take it off, it’s just nice and like…free.
And, that’s the thing with hearing aids. It’s just not always that comfortable to wear, especially if the mould itself in the ear is not the right size, not the right fitting and maybe it’s worn out. It makes it even more uncomfortable.
Very, very annoying!
2. They can be quite heavy on the ears
The other thing, as well, is it can be quite heavy, especially the old-fashioned one and especially the one we had many years ago in the ’90s. They were really quite heavy on the ear.
So the one that goes behind the ear, I’m going to demonstrate with this pod. It goes behind the ear like that. It actually kind of weighs down a little bit.
It’s a bit better now, they are a lot lighter. But it can be uncomfortable on that area as well, behind your ear as well as in your ear.
So, it’s like your whole ear’s like that. It’s just, you just want to rub it so much as well.
3. They can pickup the wrong sounds
And then, there are days when you are wearing them and you’re walking around.
And this is a thing, as well, is that, depending on how it’s adjusted, you might be listening and hearing things that you don’t want to hear and it might drown out other noise.
For example, if I’m walking around and wearing the hearing aid, you know, you hear the car sometimes louder than you hear the person beside you speaking to you.
And that can get annoying because then you have to adjust, you have to look and you just have to repeat what you’re saying, stuff like that. It can be quite difficult.
But, the audiologist stuff where they do, they try to make it as easy as possible by adjusting it, adjusting the bass and the treble sound and just make sure that it’s all fine for whatever environment that you’re in.
But at the end of the day, it’s not going to be perfect. It’s still a piece of technology that’s there to assist you, not necessarily to make it exactly like how the hearing world will sound like, just the way it works.
Nothing we can do about that, I’m afraid.
4. They are not the most fashionable items to wear
Now, as a teenager, I used to hate wearing them. I think that there were, you know, quite ugly really. I really wish had these smaller ones, in ear ones so you just hide it and just get on with it and that kind of stuff.
But, it’s not applicable for me. It’s not going to do anything for me because of my type of hearing loss. But the bigger one, the one behind the ear, Aw, I used to hate them. I’m kind of not really a huge fan of them right now, but I just wear it and get on with it.
But, you know, it’s not exactly the most fashionable item, but there are people out there that they actually customise it. They actually put stickers on it or they put some kind of, you know, painting on it. You can buy them as well and you can customise it like that, which I guess is pretty cool.
But I wish I had that a long time ago because they were just that big, big thing just sticking out of your ear like that. Okay, maybe not like that, but that’s how it felt like.
5. They are very awkward when trying to use the phone at the same time
Also, when you’re wearing the hearing aids and you’re trying to speak on the phone, it’s not easy to put your phone on the ear so you put it like that and you try behind it, trying to find the sweet spot. It’s not always going to work properly, depending on the type of hearing aid that you have.
If you have the hearing loop technology, then that makes it easier for you as well. But sometimes, you don’t have that.
And when trying to put the phone on the ear, you have to find that sweet spot and it just doesn’t really help at all. So, that’s why I tend to end up wearing headphones and plug it into the phone. That’s just a lot easier for me, that way.
6. They are not waterproof, which makes it even more uncomfortable
Here’s another situation where it’s not fun wearing them. It’s when it’s raining and it’s not because of the sound. It’s because when the water gets on it, it gets even more uncomfortable.
It gets moist, you can damage it overall. They’re not exactly waterproof. They tend to be splashproof, but they can still get damaged.
So you’re trying to cover it, just protect it, that kind of thing. But then if you leave it on, they get all moist and uncomfortable and it’s all like wet and stuff.
And nah, nah, it’s not nice. That’s not the fun part when you are under the bad weather of Scotland, which is where I am right now.
But, sometimes you just have to take it off, put it in your pocket and get home quick.
So, this is just my personal story. Everyone is different. Some people don’t mind wearing them. Some people just hate wearing them and never wear them at all. I used to be like that for many, many years.
But, this is the story of why sometimes I just don’t like wearing them.
But at the end of the day, technology has gotten better, they are getting more slick. The design of it is getting better and it’s quite sophisticated, really, if you think about it. So it’s not all that bad, it’s there for a reason.
But still, it’s these little things they’re kind of annoying. Who knows what’s gonna happen in the future? Maybe, you don’t need to wear these big ones. Maybe, I can wear the small ones in the future.
We’ll see, we’ll see how that goes.
I hope that makes sense. I hope you enjoyed it. If you have any questions, just leave a comment down below and I’ll try my best to get back to you as well.
In the meantime, I’ll see you soon.
- How to make the most out of your audiology appointments & your audiologist? - November 12, 2020
- How an audiologist-patient relationship can be improved? - November 4, 2020
- Why we should stop saying “hearing impaired” / “hearing impairment”? - October 28, 2020