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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 intended to help compensate for your individual hearing loss condition. Whether you are new to using hearing aids or have been wearing them for years, if your hearing aids cause headaches or any other kind of pain, there is a solution.

If your hearing aid is adjusted properly it will meet your individual needs and fit inside of your ear comfortably. 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.

Signs your hearing aid needs to be adjusted

If your hearing aids are not precisely fitted, they can trigger headaches. Reasons being, they are not being used correctly, or haven’t been adjusted for a long time. Here are a few issues that could occur if you’re dealing with this issue:

  • Inadequate sound quality. Hearing aids that are not adjusted properly can boost high-intensity sounds, creating a loud screeching sound that’s aggravating and causes injury to your ears. Hearing aids in this condition can also make quieter sounds inaudible.
  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid might pick up and amplify background noise, like wind, which can also cause annoying, high-pitched feedback sounds.
  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud sounds that get amplified further can also trigger headaches and even tinnitus. Normally, this means the settings are too loud.

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 won’t be programmed for your personal hearing loss requirements.

Hearing loss is distinct to every individual so simply 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 effectively in different settings.

Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted

One of the best 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 fabricated just for you utilizing molds of your ears. Once the proper fit is attained, we will need to adjust the hearing aid settings so you can distinguish between unwanted noise and the sounds you want to amplify.

You should also be able to hear sound in lots of different environments with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. In order to be certain you get the best hearing aids for your individual 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 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 assessed.

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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.
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