A successful hearing rehabilitation outcome does not solely rely on getting a hearing aid. It is an unfortunate fact that some clients fitted with hearing aids just don’t wear them. For audiologists, it is important to identify factors that affect hearing aid usage. An appropriate plan can be devised to ensure clients enjoy using their new hearing devices and get a great outcome.

According to a UK study* “Why do people fitted with hearing aids not wear them?” (Abby McCormack & Heather Fortnum, International Journal of Audiology 2013; 52-360-368), the following are the factors that contribute to the low usage of  hearing aids.

  1. Not able to insert the hearing aid, feeling discomfort, experiencing side effects e.g. rashes, itching
  2. Poor sound quality, hearing aid not effective, particularly in noisy situations.
  3. Feedback problems (whistling)
  4. Psycho-social factors, i.e. poor motivation/feel a nuisance/ a hassle

In my experience, some clients don’t realize their hearing aids have become faulty and assume their hearing aids are no longer useful to them. Some clients have invested in expensive devices but still get unsatisfactory outcomes. They believe there is nothing else they can do to help improve their hearing. They assume seeking a second opinion won’t help.

If you experience any of these issues, we are happy to provide our support to help you wear your hearing aid(s) successfully.