Everyone’s hearing loss condition is unique and hearing aids are designed to make up for those unique conditions. Whether you are new to wearing hearing aids or have been wearing them for years, if your hearing aids cause headaches or any other kind of pain, there is an answer.
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 correct type of hearing aid and that it’s been precisely adjusted.
Indications your hearing aid needs to be adjusted
If your hearing aids are not precisely fitted, they can trigger headaches. The reason for this is that they are not being used properly, or haven’t been adjusted for a long time. If this is the situation, the following issues might arise:
- Insufficient sound quality. Improperly adjusted hearing aids can increase the volume of high intensity sound causing a loud irritating feedback that can damage your ears. And low intensity sound can get lost with hearing aids in this state.
- Headaches and tinnitus. Hearing aids that are picking up loud sounds and further amplifying them can be painful to your ears and can trigger not only headaches but tinnitus as well. This normally happens in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.
- Feedback noise. Your hearing aid might pick up and amplify background noise, such as wind, which can also trigger irritating, high-pitched feedback noises.
Over-the-counter hearing aids
While over-the-counter hearing aids, typically called personal sound amplification devices, are available at your local pharmacy, and are less expensive than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be customized to meet your specific hearing loss requirements.
Hearing loss is unique to every individual so merely amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to improve your hearing. There are many instances of hearing loss in which individuals lose the ability to hear a specific frequency. Hearing aid settings have to be programmed to help the person hear effectively in different environments.
Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted
One of the most useful ways to make sure your hearing aid is fitted correctly 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. The settings will be programmed to target your exact hearing loss situation after the proper fit is attained.
Your hearing aid should also make automated adjustments, which will allow you to hear background sounds in different environments without interference. In order to be certain you get the right hearing aids for your individual needs, you might need to come in more than once. If you have severe hearing impairment, 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 may need a tune-up.