Hearing aids are meant to help make up for your unique hearing loss problem. Whether you are new to wearing hearing aids or have been wearing them for years, if your hearing aids cause headaches or any other type of pain, there is a solution.
If your hearing aid is adjusted properly it will meet your individual needs and fit in your ear comfortably. If you’re encountering any pain or discomfort you should make sure your hearing aid is adjusted properly 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 result of incorrectly adjusted hearing aids. Reasons being, they are not being used properly, or haven’t been adjusted for a while. If this is the situation, the following problems may arise:
- Insufficient sound quality. Hearing aids that are not adjusted well can amplify high-intensity sounds, generating a loud screeching noise that is bothersome and causes damage to your ears. And low level sound can get lost with hearing aids in this condition.
- Feedback noise. Wind and other background sound can be picked up and amplified by your hearing aid, also generating screeching frustrating feedback.
- Headaches and tinnitus. Hearing aids that are picking up loud sounds and further amplifying them can be painful to your ears and can lead to not only headaches but also tinnitus. Usually, this means the settings are too high.
Over-the-counter hearing aids
While over-the-counter hearing aids, typically known as personal sound amplification devices, are obtainable at your local pharmacy, and cost less than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be customized to meet your distinct hearing loss requirements.
Hearing loss is distinct to every person so simply amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to improve your hearing. Often, specific wavelengths of sound are lost when a person loses their hearing. Hearing aid settings have to be adjusted to allow the individual to be able to hear adequately in different settings.
Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted
One of the best ways to ensure your hearing aid is fitted correctly is to have your individualized hearing aid fitted and adjusted. Custom-fitted hearing aids will be fabricated just for you utilizing molds of your ears. The settings will be programmed to address your specific hearing loss situation after the correct fit is obtained.
You should also be able to hear sound in lots of different environments with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. This may require a few visits to ensure you obtain the hearing aid that’s best for you and correct for your lifestyle. If you have significant hearing loss, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be completed in stages so that your brain has time to adjust to louder sounds.
Contact us for an appointment if you think your hearing aid might need a tune-up.