Everyone’s hearing loss situation is unique and hearing aids are designed to make up for those individual conditions. If your hearing aids are causing headaches or any other kind of pain, whether you’ve been using them for years or you’re a new user, there’s a solution.
A properly adjusted hearing aid will fit comfortably in your ear and give you the quality of amplification that meets your individual needs. If this is not the case, 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 detect any of these signs
If your hearing aids are not precisely fitted, they can lead to headaches. Usually, poor adjustment or improper use is the reason. Here are a few problems that could occur if you’re having this issue:
- Headaches and tinnitus. Hearing aids that are picking up loud sounds and amplifying them further can be painful to your ears and can cause not only headaches but tinnitus as well. Normally, this means the settings are too high.
- Insufficient sound quality. Improperly adjusted hearing aids can increase the volume of high intensity sound causing a loud annoying feedback that can damage your ears. And low level sound can get lost with hearing aids in this condition.
- Feedback noise. Your hearing aid might pick up and amplify background noise, such as wind, which can also cause irritating, high-pitched feedback noises.
Over-the-counter hearing aids
While over-the-counter hearing aids, generally known as personal sound amplification devices, are obtainable at your local pharmacy, and cost less than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be customized to meet your unique hearing loss needs.
Hearing loss is unique to every individual so simply amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to help your hearing. Often, specific frequencies of sound are lost when a person 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 fitted correctly is to have your personalized 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 obtained, it will be necessary to adjust the hearing aid settings so you can distinguish between unwanted noise and the sounds you want to hear.
Your hearing aid should also make automatic adjustments, which will allow you to hear background sounds in various settings without interference. In order to be certain you get the right hearing aids for your individual needs, you may need to come in more than once. If you have significant hearing impairment, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be completed in stages so that your brain has time to adjust to louder sounds.
Call us for an appointment if you think your hearing aid might need a tune-up.