Hearing aids are designed to help make up for your individual hearing loss problem. Whether you are new to using hearing aids or have been wearing them for years, if your hearing aids cause headaches or any other type of pain, there is an answer.
A correctly adjusted hearing aid will fit comfortably in your ear and give you the quality of amplification that meets your individual requirements. If you’re suffering from any pain or discomfort you should make sure your hearing aid is adjusted properly and that it’s the correct device for you.
Signs your hearing aid needs to an adjustment
Headaches can be the result of improperly adjusted hearing aids. Reasons being, they are not being used correctly, or haven’t been adjusted for a while. Here are some issues that may occur if you’re having this problem:
- Insufficient sound quality. Hearing aids that aren’t adjusted well can amplify high-intensity sounds, creating a loud screeching noise that’s bothersome and causes injury to your ears. And low level sound can get lost with hearing aids in this state.
- Feedback noise. Wind and other background noise can be picked up and amplified by your hearing aid, also generating screeching frustrating feedback.
- Headaches and tinnitus. Loud noises that are further amplified can also trigger headaches and even tinnitus. This normally happens in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.
Over-the-counter hearing aids
While over-the-counter hearing aids, commonly known as personal sound amplification devices, are available at your local pharmacy, and cost less than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be tailored to meet your distinct hearing loss requirements.
Hearing loss is distinct to every individual so merely amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to improve your hearing. Often, specific frequencies of sound are lost when someone loses their hearing. Hearing aid settings have to be adjusted to help the person hear adequately in different environments.
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 fabricated just for you utilizing molds of your ears. Once the right fit is obtained, it will be necessary 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. In order to make sure you get the right hearing aids for your personal needs, you might need to come in more than once. And with severe 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 may need a tune-up.