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 unique hearing loss problem. Whether you are new to wearing hearing aids or have been wearing them for years, if your hearing aids cause headaches or any other type of pain, there is an answer.

A correctly adjusted hearing aid will fit comfortably in your ear and provide the quality of amplification that meets your specific requirements. If you’re encountering any pain or discomfort you should make sure your hearing aid is adjusted properly and that it’s the correct device for you.

Your hearing aid needs to be adjusted if you notice any of these signs

If your hearing aids are not properly fitted, they can lead to headaches. Reasons being, they are not being used correctly, or haven’t been adjusted for a long time. If this is the situation, the following issues may occur:

  • Inadequate sound quality. Hearing aids that are not adjusted properly can boost high-intensity sounds, causing a loud screeching sound that is bothersome and causes damage to your ears. And low volume sound can get lost with hearing aids in this condition.
  • 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 also tinnitus. This typically happens in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.
  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid might pick up and boost background noise, such as wind, which can also cause irritating, high-pitched feedback sounds.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

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

Improving your hearing requires more than just amplifying sounds because hearing loss is unique to the individual. There are many instances of hearing loss where individuals 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.

Professional hearing aid adjustment

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted is the best way to be certain that your device is fitted properly. We will take molds of your ears and use them to make a custom-fitted hearing aid device just for you. The settings will be programmed to address your exact hearing loss situation once the proper fit is obtained.

Your hearing aid should also make automatic adjustments, which will allow you to hear background sounds in various settings without interference. In order to make sure you get the right hearing aids for your individual needs, you may 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.

Contact us 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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