Everybody’s hearing loss situation is unique and hearing aids are designed to compensate for those unique conditions. Whether you are new to using hearing aids or have been using them for years, if your hearing aids give you headaches or any other type of pain, there is an answer.
A properly adjusted hearing aid will fit comfortably in your ear and give you the quality of amplification that meets your individual needs. If you’re encountering any pain or discomfort you should make sure your hearing aid is adjusted precisely and that it’s the right device for you.
Your hearing aid requires adjustment if you notice any of these signs
If your hearing aids are not properly fitted, they can cause headaches. Usually, inadequate adjustment or improper use is the reason. If this is the situation, the following problems might arise:
- Headaches and tinnitus. Hearing aids that are picking up loud sounds and amplifying them further can be painful to your ears and can cause not only headaches but also tinnitus. This usually happens in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.
- Inadequate sound quality. Hearing aids that aren’t adjusted properly can boost high-intensity sounds, generating a loud screeching noise that is aggravating and causes damage to your ears. Hearing aids in this condition can also make quieter sounds inaudible.
- Feedback noise. Your hearing aid might pick up and boost background noise, like wind, which can also cause irritating, high-pitched feedback noises.
Over-the-counter hearing aids
While over-the-counter hearing aids, commonly referred to as personal sound amplification devices, are obtainable at your local pharmacy, and are less expensive than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be customized to meet your unique hearing loss requirements.
Hearing loss is unique to every individual so simply amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to improve your hearing. Typically, specific frequencies of sound are lost when somebody loses their hearing. Hearing aid settings have to be adjusted to allow the individual to be able to hear effectively in different environments.
Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted
Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted is the best way to be certain that your device is fitted properly. We will take molds of your ears and use them to fashion a custom-fitted hearing aid device just for you. Once the proper fit is obtained, we will need to adjust the hearing aid settings so you can distinguish between unwanted noise and the sounds you want to hear.
You should also be capable of hearing sound in many different settings with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. This might require a few visits to make sure you obtain the hearing aid that’s right for you and correct for your lifestyle. And with severe hearing loss, your brain will need to become accustomed to hearing again in stages, so your hearing aid will have to be programmed in stages.
If you believe you might be suffering from an out of tune hearing aid, give us a call today and schedule an appointment to have it assessed.