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

Hearing aids are designed 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 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 you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort you should ensure that your hearing aid is adjusted properly and that it’s the right device for you.

Signs your hearing aid needs to be adjusted

Headaches can be the outcome of improperly adjusted hearing aids. 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 might arise:

  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background sound can be picked up and boosted by your hearing aid, also causing screeching annoying feedback.
  • Headaches and tinnitus. Hearing aids that are picking up loud sounds and amplifying them further can be painful to your ears and can trigger not only headaches but also tinnitus. Normally, this means the settings are too loud.
  • Insufficient sound quality. Hearing aids that aren’t adjusted well can amplify high-intensity sounds, causing a loud screeching sound that is bothersome and causes injury to your ears. And low intensity sound can get lost with hearing aids in this condition.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

While over-the-counter hearing aids, commonly referred to as personal sound amplification devices, are available at your local drug store, and cost less than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be customized to meet your unique hearing loss needs.

Improving your hearing requires more than simply amplifying sounds because hearing loss is specific to each person. There are many instances of hearing loss where individuals lose the ability to hear a certain frequency. In order for a hearing aid help people hear clearly in different settings, they will need precise adjustment.

Professional hearing aid adjustment

Getting 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. The settings will be programmed to target your exact hearing loss situation after the proper fit is obtained.

Your hearing aid should also make automatic adjustments, which will let you hear background noises in various environments without interference. In order to make sure you get the right hearing aids for your personal needs, you may need to come in more than once. And with significant 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.

If you think you may be suffering from an out of tune hearing aid, call us today and make an appointment to get it checked out.

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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

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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