Hearing aids are designed to help compensate for your individual hearing loss problem. If your hearing aids are causing headaches or any other kind of discomfort, whether you’ve been using them for years or you’re a new user, there’s a solution.
If your hearing aid is properly adjusted it will meet your individual needs and fit in your ear comfortably. If this is not the situation, you should make certain you have the appropriate type of hearing aid and that it’s been properly adjusted.
Indications your hearing aid needs to an adjustment
Headaches can be the outcome of improperly adjusted hearing aids. Normally, poor adjustment or incorrect use is the reason. If this is the case, the following issues may occur:
- Feedback noise. Your hearing aid might pick up and boost background noise, like wind, which can also cause annoying, high-pitched feedback noises.
- 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 tinnitus as well. This typically occurs in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.
- Poor sound quality. Hearing aids that are not adjusted properly can boost high-intensity sounds, generating a loud screeching noise that’s aggravating and causes damage to your ears. Hearing aids in this state can also make low intensity sounds inaudible.
Over-the-counter hearing aids
While over-the-counter hearing aids, typically known as personal sound amplification devices, are obtainable at your local drug store, and cost less than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be customized to meet your distinct hearing loss requirements.
Hearing loss is unique to every person so simply amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to improve your hearing. There are many cases of hearing loss where people lose the ability to hear a certain frequency. 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 ensure your hearing aid is fitted correctly is to have your customized 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 automated adjustments, which will let you hear background noises in various environments without interference. This may require a few visits to ensure you obtain the hearing aid that’s best for you and in tune with your lifestyle. If you have severe hearing loss, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be completed in stages to allow your brain time to adapt to louder sounds.
If you think you might be dealing with an out of tune hearing aid, call us today and schedule an appointment to get it assessed.