Everyone’s hearing loss condition is unique and hearing aids are manufactured to make up for those individual conditions. Whether you are new to wearing hearing aids or have been using them for years, if your hearing aids cause headaches or any other kind of pain, there is a solution.
A correctly adjusted hearing aid will fit comfortably in your ear and provide the quality of amplification that meets your specific needs. If you’re noticing any pain or discomfort you should make sure your hearing aid is adjusted properly and that it’s the right device for you.
Indications your hearing aid needs to an adjustment
If your hearing aids are not precisely fitted, they can cause headaches. Normally, poor adjustment or incorrect use is the reason. If this is the situation, the following problems might occur:
- Feedback noise. Wind and other background sound can be picked up and amplified by your hearing aid, also causing screeching annoying feedback.
- Inadequate sound quality. Improperly adjusted hearing aids can boost the volume of high intensity sound causing a loud irritating feedback that can damage your ears. And low volume 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 lead to not only headaches but also tinnitus. This usually occurs 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 Pharmacy and get a less expensive personal amplification device (over the counter hearing aid), these devices will not be customized for your personal hearing loss needs.
Hearing loss is unique to every individual so simply amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to help your hearing. There are many cases of hearing loss in which people lose the ability to hear a certain frequency. Hearing aid settings have to be adjusted to allow the individual to be able to hear adequately in different environments.
Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted
Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted is the best way to make sure your device is correctly fitted. 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 automated adjustments, which will let you hear background sounds in various environments 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. If you have severe hearing loss, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be done in stages to allow your brain time to adapt to louder sounds.
If you think you may be dealing with an out of tune hearing aid, give us a call today and schedule an appointment to get it assessed.