Hearing Health Blog

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 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.

A properly adjusted hearing aid will fit comfortably in your ear and provide the quality of amplification that meets your individual needs. If you’re encountering any pain or discomfort you should make sure 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 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. Here are a few issues that may arise if you’re dealing with this issue:

  • Headaches and tinnitus. Hearing aids that are picking up loud sounds and further amplifying them can be painful to your ears and can trigger not only headaches but tinnitus as well. This normally happens in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.
  • Poor sound quality. Poorly adjusted hearing aids can increase the volume of high intensity sound causing a loud annoying feedback that can harm your ears. And low volume sound can get lost with hearing aids in this state.
  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid may 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, generally known as personal sound amplification devices, are available at your local drug store, and cost less than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be tailored to meet your distinct hearing loss requirements.

Improving your hearing requires more than just amplifying sounds because hearing loss is unique to each person. Often, specific wavelengths of sound are lost when somebody loses their hearing. Hearing aid settings have to be adjusted to allow the individual to be able to hear adequately in different environments.

Professional hearing aid adjustment

One of the most useful ways to ensure your hearing aid is fitted correctly is to have your individualized hearing aid fitted and adjusted. Custom-fitted hearing aids will be designed just for you utilizing molds of your ears. The settings will be adjusted to target your specific hearing loss situation once the correct fit is obtained.

You should also be capable of hearing sound in lots of different settings with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. This may require a few visits to ensure you get the hearing aid that’s right for you and in tune with your lifestyle. And with severe hearing loss, your brain will need to become accustomed to hearing again in stages, so your hearing aid will have to be programmed in stages.

If you think 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.
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