Hearing aids are designed to help make up for your unique hearing loss problem. If your hearing aids are causing headaches or any other type of discomfort, whether you’ve been using them for years or you’re a new user, there’s a solution.
A correctly adjusted hearing aid will fit comfortably in your ear and give you the quality of amplification that meets your individual requirements. If this isn’t the situation, you should make sure you have the appropriate type of hearing aid and that it’s been properly adjusted.
Signs your hearing aid needs to be adjusted
If your hearing aids are not precisely fitted, they can cause headaches. 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 further amplifying them can be painful to your ears and can cause not only headaches but also tinnitus. Usually, this means the settings are too loud.
- Feedback noise. Wind and other background sound can be picked up and amplified by your hearing aid, also generating screeching annoying feedback.
- Inadequate sound quality. Hearing aids that aren’t adjusted properly can amplify high-intensity sounds, causing a loud screeching sound that is aggravating and causes damage to your ears. Hearing aids in this condition can also make quieter sounds inaudible.
Over-the-counter hearing aids
While over-the-counter hearing aids, generally referred to as personal sound amplification devices, are obtainable at your local drug store, and are less expensive 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 help your hearing. There are many instances of hearing loss where people lose the ability to hear a certain frequency. In order for a hearing aid to allow people to hear clearly in different environments, they will need precise adjustment.
Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted
One of the best ways to ensure your hearing aid is properly fitted is to have your customized hearing aid fitted and adjusted. Custom-fitted hearing aids will be designed just for you using molds of your ears. Once the right 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 hear.
You should also be able to hear sound in lots of different settings with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. In order to make sure you get the right hearing aids for your personal needs, you may need to come in more than once. If you have severe hearing impairment, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be completed in stages to allow your brain time to adapt to louder sounds.
Give us a call for an appointment if you think your hearing aid might need a tune-up.