Everyone’s hearing loss condition is unique and hearing aids are manufactured to compensate for those individual conditions. If your hearing aids are causing 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.
A correctly adjusted hearing aid will fit comfortably in your ear and provide the quality of amplification that meets your individual needs. If this isn’t the case, you should make sure you have the correct type of hearing aid and that it’s been precisely adjusted.
Indications your hearing aid needs to be adjusted
If your hearing aids are not properly fitted, they can cause headaches. Usually, inadequate adjustment or improper use is the reason. Here are some issues that could arise if you’re experiencing this issue:
- Poor sound quality. Hearing aids that aren’t adjusted well can amplify high-intensity sounds, creating a loud screeching sound that’s bothersome and causes injury to your ears. And low volume sound can get lost with hearing aids in this state.
- Feedback noise. Wind and other background sound can be picked up and boosted by your hearing aid, also producing screeching annoying feedback.
- Headaches and tinnitus. Hearing aids that are picking up loud sounds and further amplifying them can be painful to your ears and can cause not only headaches but also tinnitus. Normally, 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 available at your local drug store, and cost less than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be customized to meet your specific hearing loss needs.
Improving your hearing requires more than simply amplifying sounds because hearing loss is unique to each person. There are lots of instances of hearing loss where people lose the ability to hear a certain frequency. Hearing aid settings have to be programmed to allow the individual to be able to hear effectively in different settings.
Professional hearing aid adjustment
One of the best ways to make sure your hearing aid is fitted correctly is to have your customized hearing aid fitted and adjusted. We will take molds of your ears and use them to make a custom-fitted hearing aid device just for you. Once the ideal 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 amplify.
Your hearing aid should also make automatic adjustments, which will let you hear background noises in various environments without interference. This might require a few visits to make sure 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 become accustomed 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.