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 give you headaches or any other kind 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 individual requirements. If you’re noticing any pain or discomfort you should make sure your hearing aid is adjusted precisely and that it’s the correct device for you.
Indications your hearing aid needs to be adjusted
Headaches can be the result of incorrectly adjusted hearing aids. 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 case, the following problems may arise:
- Feedback noise. Wind and other background noise can be picked up and boosted by your hearing aid, also generating screeching frustrating feedback.
- 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. Normally, this means the settings are too high.
- Insufficient sound quality. Hearing aids that are not adjusted well can amplify high-intensity sounds, generating a loud screeching sound that is aggravating and causes injury to your ears. And low intensity sound can get lost with hearing aids in this state.
Over-the-counter hearing aids
Even though you can go to a local store and get a less expensive personal amplification device (over the counter hearing aid), these devices will not be programmed for your personal hearing loss needs.
Improving your hearing demands more than simply amplifying sounds because hearing loss is unique to the individual. There are lots of cases of hearing loss where people lose the ability to hear a specific frequency. Hearing aid settings have to be programmed to help the person hear effectively in different settings.
Professional hearing aid adjustment
One of the most useful ways to make sure your hearing aid is fitted correctly is to have your personalized hearing aid fitted and adjusted. We will take molds of your ears and use them to fashion a custom-fitted hearing aid device just for you. Once the right fit is attained, it will be necessary to adjust the hearing aid settings so you can differentiate unwanted noise and the sounds you want to hear.
Your hearing aid should also make automated adjustments, which will let you hear background noises in various settings without interference. This might require a few visits to make sure you obtain the hearing aid that’s right for you and in tune with your lifestyle. And with significant hearing loss, your brain will need to become accustomed to hearing again in stages, so your hearing aid will need to be programmed in stages.
Give us a call for an appointment if you think your hearing aid may need a tune-up.