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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 designed to make up for those individual conditions. If your hearing aids are causing headaches or any other type of pain, whether you’ve been using them for years or you’re a new user, there’s a solution.

If your hearing aid is adjusted properly it will meet your personal needs and fit in your ear comfortably. If you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort you should make sure your hearing aid is adjusted precisely and that it’s the correct device for you.

Signs your hearing aid needs to an adjustment

If your hearing aids are not properly fitted, they can lead to headaches. Normally, poor adjustment or improper use is the reason. Here are some issues that could arise if you’re dealing with this issue:

  • Insufficient sound quality. Improperly adjusted hearing aids can increase the volume of high intensity sound causing a loud irritating feedback that can harm your ears. Hearing aids in this condition can also make quieter sounds disappear.
  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud noises that get amplified further can also cause headaches and even tinnitus. This usually occurs 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, like wind, which can also cause annoying, high-pitched feedback noises.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

While over-the-counter hearing aids, typically known as personal sound amplification devices, are obtainable at your local pharmacy, and cost less than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be customized to meet your distinct hearing loss needs.

Hearing loss is unique to every individual so merely amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to help your hearing. Often, distinct frequencies of sound are lost when a person loses their hearing. Hearing aid settings have to be adjusted to help the person hear adequately in different settings.

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted

One of the most useful ways to make sure your hearing aid is properly fitted is to have your individualized hearing aid fitted and adjusted. Custom-fitted hearing aids will be fabricated just for you using molds of your ears. The settings will be programmed to address your exact hearing loss situation after the proper fit is attained.

Your hearing aid should also make automated adjustments, which will let you hear background noises in a variety of settings without interference. This may require a few visits to ensure you get the hearing aid that’s best for you and correct for your lifestyle. And with severe hearing loss, your brain will need to get used to hearing again in stages, so your hearing aid will need to be programmed in stages.

If you believe you may be dealing with an out of tune hearing aid, give us a call today and schedule an appointment to have it checked out.

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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.