Everyone’s hearing loss condition is unique and hearing aids are manufactured to compensate for those unique conditions. Whether you are new to using hearing aids or have been wearing them for years, if your hearing aids cause headaches or any other kind of pain, there is a solution.
A correctly adjusted hearing aid will fit comfortably in your ear and give you the quality of amplification that meets your specific needs. 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.
Signs your hearing aid needs to an adjustment
If your hearing aids are not properly fitted, they can trigger headaches. Usually, inadequate adjustment or improper use is the reason. If this is the case, the following issues might occur:
- 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 tinnitus as well. Usually, this means the settings are too loud.
- Feedback noise. Your hearing aid may pick up and boost background noise, such as wind, which can also cause irritating, high-pitched feedback noises.
- Inadequate sound quality. Hearing aids that aren’t adjusted well can amplify high-intensity sounds, creating a loud screeching sound that’s aggravating and causes injury to your ears. And low volume sound can get lost with hearing aids in this condition.
Over-the-counter hearing aids
While over-the-counter hearing aids, commonly referred to as personal sound amplification devices, are available 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 distinct to every person so merely 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 programmed to allow the individual to be able to hear effectively in different environments.
Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted
One of the most useful 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 fashion a custom-fitted hearing aid device just for you. Once the ideal 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 let you hear background noises in different environments without interference. This may require a few visits to make sure you get the hearing aid that’s best 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, contact us today and schedule an appointment to get it checked out.