Everyone’s hearing loss condition is unique and hearing aids are manufactured to compensate for those individual 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 kind of pain, there is a solution.
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 experience any of these signs
Headaches can be the outcome of incorrectly adjusted hearing aids. The reason for this is that they are not being used properly, or haven’t been adjusted for a while. Here are some problems that could occur if you’re having this issue:
- Feedback noise. Wind and other background sound can be picked up and boosted by your hearing aid, also producing screeching annoying feedback.
- Inadequate sound quality. Poorly adjusted hearing aids can boost the volume of high intensity sound causing a loud irritating feedback that can harm your ears. Hearing aids in this state can also make quieter sounds disappear.
- Headaches and tinnitus. Hearing aids that are picking up loud sounds and amplifying them further can be painful to your ears and can lead to not only headaches but also tinnitus. Usually, this means the settings are too loud.
Over-the-counter hearing aids
While over-the-counter hearing aids, typically known as personal sound amplification devices, are available 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 unique to every individual so merely amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to improve your hearing. There are many cases of hearing loss in which individuals lose the ability to hear a certain frequency. Hearing aid settings have to be adjusted to allow the individual to be able to hear effectively in different settings.
Professional hearing aid adjustment
Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted is the best way to be certain that your device is fitted properly. Custom-fitted hearing aids will be designed just for you using molds of your ears. Once the ideal fit is obtained, we will need to adjust the hearing aid settings so you can differentiate unwanted noise and the sounds you want to hear.
You should also be capable of hearing sound in many different environments with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. This might require a few visits to make sure you obtain the hearing aid that’s best for you and correct for your lifestyle. If you have severe hearing loss, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be completed in stages so that your brain has time to adapt to louder sounds.
Contact us for an appointment if you think your hearing aid might need a tune-up.