Hearing aids are intended to help make up for your unique hearing loss problem. 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 ensure that your hearing aid is adjusted properly and that it’s the correct device for you.
Indications your hearing aid needs to an adjustment
Headaches can be the result 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. If this is the case, the following problems may arise:
- Headaches and tinnitus. Hearing aids that are picking up loud sounds and further amplifying them can be painful to your ears and can trigger not only headaches but also tinnitus. This usually happens in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.
- Feedback noise. Your hearing aid may pick up and boost background noise, like wind, which can also trigger irritating, high-pitched feedback sounds.
- Insufficient sound quality. Hearing aids that are not adjusted well can amplify high-intensity sounds, causing a loud screeching noise that’s aggravating and causes injury to your ears. And low level 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 obtainable at your local drug store, and are less expensive than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be tailored to meet your specific hearing loss needs.
Hearing loss is distinct to every person 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 settings.
Professional hearing aid adjustment
One of the best ways to make sure your hearing aid is properly fitted is to have your personalized hearing aid fitted and adjusted. Custom-fitted hearing aids will be designed just for you using molds of your ears. The settings will be programmed to target your exact hearing loss situation once the proper fit is obtained.
Your hearing aid should also make automated adjustments, which will allow you to hear background sounds in various settings without interference. This may require a few visits to make sure you get the hearing aid that’s right for you and in tune with your lifestyle. And with significant hearing loss, your brain will need to get used to hearing again in stages, so your hearing aid will need to be programmed in stages.
Call us for an appointment if you think your hearing aid may need a tune-up.