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

Everyone’s hearing loss condition is unique and hearing aids are manufactured to make up for those unique conditions. If your hearing aids are giving you headaches or any other type of pain, whether you’ve been wearing 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 provide the quality of amplification that meets your individual requirements. 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 detect any of these signs

Headaches can be the result of poorly adjusted hearing aids. Reasons being, they are not being used properly, or haven’t been adjusted for a long time. Here are some problems that could occur if you’re dealing with this problem:

  • Insufficient sound quality. Improperly adjusted hearing aids can boost the volume of high intensity sound causing a loud annoying feedback that can damage your ears. Hearing aids in this state can also make quieter sounds disappear.
  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud sounds that are further amplified can also trigger headaches and even tinnitus. This normally happens in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.
  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid may pick up and amplify background noise, like wind, which can also result in irritating, high-pitched feedback sounds.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

While over-the-counter hearing aids, typically called 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 unique hearing loss requirements.

Improving your hearing demands more than just amplifying sounds because hearing loss is specific to each person. Often, distinct wavelengths of sound are lost when someone loses their hearing. Hearing aid settings have to be programmed to help the person hear adequately in different settings.

Professional hearing aid adjustment

One of the most useful 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. Once the ideal fit is obtained, we will need 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 different environments without interference. In order to make sure you get the best hearing aids for your individual needs, you might need to come in more than once. If you have significant hearing loss, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be completed in stages so that your brain has time to adjust to louder sounds.

Give us a call for an appointment if you think your hearing aid might need a tune-up.

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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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