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

Hearing aids are intended 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 adjusted properly it will meet your individual 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 requires adjustment if you experience 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 long time. If this is the situation, the following problems might occur:

  • Insufficient sound quality. Hearing aids that are not adjusted well can boost high-intensity sounds, creating a loud screeching sound that is aggravating and causes injury to your ears. And low volume sound can get lost with hearing aids in this state.
  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid might pick up and amplify background noise, such as wind, which can also cause irritating, high-pitched feedback noises.
  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud noises that are further amplified can also trigger headaches and even tinnitus. This typically happens in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

Even though you can go to a local store and get a less expensive personal amplification device (over the counter hearing aid), these devices won’t be customized for your personal hearing loss requirements.

Hearing loss is distinct to every individual so simply amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to help your hearing. Often, distinct frequencies of sound are lost when a person loses their hearing. Hearing aid settings have to be adjusted to allow the individual to be able to hear adequately in different settings.

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted

One of the best ways to make sure your hearing aid is properly fitted 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 ideal fit is attained, it will be necessary to adjust the hearing aid settings so you can distinguish between unwanted noise and the sounds you want to amplify.

You should also be able to hear sound in many different settings with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. In order to be certain you get the best 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 get used to hearing again in stages, so your hearing aid will have to be programmed in stages.

If you think you might be suffering from an out of tune hearing aid, give us a call today and schedule an appointment to have 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

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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