Hearing aids are meant to help compensate for your individual hearing loss problem. Whether you are new to wearing hearing aids or have been wearing them for years, if your hearing aids give you headaches or any other kind of pain, there is a solution.
If your hearing aid is properly adjusted it will meet your personal needs and fit in your ear comfortably. If you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort you should make sure 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 outcome of incorrectly adjusted hearing aids. Usually, poor adjustment or incorrect 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 further amplifying them can be painful to your ears and can trigger not only headaches but also tinnitus. Usually, this means the settings are too loud.
- Feedback noise. Your hearing aid might pick up and amplify background noise, such as wind, which can also trigger irritating, high-pitched feedback sounds.
- Insufficient sound quality. Hearing aids that aren’t adjusted well can boost high-intensity sounds, causing a loud screeching noise that’s aggravating and causes injury to your ears. Hearing aids in this condition can also make quieter sounds disappear.
Over-the-counter hearing aids
While over-the-counter hearing aids, commonly known 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 distinct to every person so simply amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to help your hearing. Often, specific frequencies of sound are lost when somebody loses their hearing. In order for a hearing aid help people hear clearly in different settings, they will need accurate adjustment.
Professional hearing aid adjustment
Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted is the best way to make sure your device is fitted properly. Custom-fitted hearing aids will be fabricated just for you using molds of your ears. Once the proper 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 lots of different settings with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. This may require a few visits to ensure you obtain the hearing aid that’s right for you and in tune with your lifestyle. And with significant hearing loss, your brain will need to become accustomed to hearing again in stages, so your hearing aid will need to be programmed in stages.
Give us a call for an appointment if you think your hearing aid might need a tune-up.