Everybody’s hearing loss condition is unique and hearing aids are designed to make up for those individual conditions. If your hearing aids are giving you headaches or any other type of pain, whether you’ve been wearing them for years or you’re a new user, there’s a solution.
If your hearing aid is adjusted properly it will meet your individual needs and fit in your ear comfortably. If you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort you should make sure your hearing aid is adjusted precisely and that it’s the correct device for you.
Your hearing aid requires adjustment if you experience any of these signs
Headaches can be the outcome of incorrectly adjusted hearing aids. Usually, poor adjustment or incorrect use is the reason. Here are a few issues that could occur if you’re having this problem:
- Headaches and tinnitus. Hearing aids that are picking up loud sounds and amplifying them further can be painful to your ears and can trigger not only headaches but tinnitus as well. Usually, this means the settings are too high.
- Feedback noise. Wind and other background noise can be picked up and boosted by your hearing aid, also causing screeching annoying feedback.
- Insufficient sound quality. Poorly adjusted hearing aids can increase the volume of high intensity sound causing a loud irritating feedback that can damage your ears. And low intensity sound can get lost with hearing aids in this state.
Over-the-counter hearing aids
While over-the-counter hearing aids, commonly called personal sound amplification devices, are obtainable at your local drug store, and are less expensive than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be customized to meet your unique hearing loss needs.
Hearing loss is unique to every person so merely amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to help your hearing. Often, distinct wavelengths of sound are lost when somebody loses their hearing. In order for a hearing aid help people hear clearly in different settings, they will need accurate adjustment.
Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted
Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted is the best way to be certain that your device is correctly fitted. Custom-fitted hearing aids will be designed just for you utilizing molds of your ears. Once the right fit is attained, it will be necessary to adjust the hearing aid settings so you can differentiate unwanted noise and the sounds you want to amplify.
Your hearing aid should also make automated adjustments, which will allow you to hear background noises in different settings without interference. This may require a few visits to ensure you get the hearing aid that’s right for you and correct for your lifestyle. And with significant hearing loss, your brain will need to get used to hearing again in stages, so your hearing aid will have to be programmed in stages.
Call us for an appointment if you think your hearing aid might need a tune-up.