A distraught senior man sitting on his couch suffering from a headache because his hearing aids were not properly adjusted.

Hearing aids are meant to help compensate for your individual hearing loss condition. Whether you are new to wearing hearing aids or have been using them for years, if your hearing aids cause headaches or any other kind of pain, there is a solution.

If your hearing aid is adjusted properly it will meet your personal needs and fit in your ear comfortably. If this isn’t the situation, you should make sure you have the correct type of hearing aid and that it’s been properly adjusted.

Your hearing aid needs to be adjusted if you notice any of these signs

Headaches can be the outcome of improperly adjusted hearing aids. Reasons being, they are not being used properly, or haven’t been adjusted for a while. If this is the case, the following issues may 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 also tinnitus. Normally, this means the settings are too loud.
  • Inadequate sound quality. Poorly adjusted hearing aids can boost the volume of high intensity sound causing a loud annoying feedback that can harm your ears. Hearing aids in this state can also make quieter sounds inaudible.
  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background sound can be picked up and boosted by your hearing aid, also causing screeching annoying feedback.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

While over-the-counter hearing aids, commonly called personal sound amplification devices, are available at your local drug store, and cost less than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be tailored to meet your distinct hearing loss needs.

Improving your hearing requires more than simply amplifying sounds because hearing loss is specific to the individual. Often, distinct frequencies of sound are lost when someone loses their hearing. Hearing aid settings have to be programmed to allow the individual to be able to hear adequately in different settings.

Professional hearing aid adjustment

One of the best ways to ensure your hearing aid is properly fitted is to have your individualized 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. The settings will be adjusted to target your exact hearing loss situation once the correct fit is attained.

Your hearing aid should also make automated adjustments, which will allow you to hear background noises in different environments without interference. This may require a few visits to ensure you obtain 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 assessed.

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References

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hearing-loss/symptoms-causes/syc-20373072
https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing-aids#hearingaid_08

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