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 make up for your individual hearing loss problem. Whether you are new to using hearing aids or have been using them for years, if your hearing aids give you headaches or any other type of pain, there is an answer.

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

Your hearing aid needs to be adjusted if you notice any of these signs

Headaches can be the outcome of improperly adjusted hearing aids. The reason for this is that they are not being used correctly, or haven’t been adjusted for a long time. If this is the case, the following issues might arise:

  • Inadequate sound quality. Improperly adjusted hearing aids can boost the volume of high intensity sound causing a loud annoying feedback that can damage your ears. And low level sound can get lost with hearing aids in this condition.
  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid might pick up and amplify background noise, like wind, which can also result in annoying, high-pitched feedback sounds.
  • Headaches and tinnitus. Hearing aids that are picking up loud sounds and amplifying them further can be painful to your ears and can lead to not only headaches but tinnitus as well. This typically happens 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 won’t be customized for your personal hearing loss needs.

Improving your hearing requires more than merely amplifying sounds because hearing loss is unique to the individual. There are many instances of hearing loss in which people lose the ability to hear a certain frequency. In order for a hearing aid to allow people to hear clearly in different settings, they will need accurate adjustment.

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted

One of the most useful ways to ensure your hearing aid is properly fitted 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. The settings will be adjusted to address your specific hearing loss situation once the proper fit is obtained.

Your hearing aid should also make automatic adjustments, which will allow you to hear background sounds in various settings without interference. In order to be certain you get the best hearing aids for your personal needs, you might 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.

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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

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