A distraught senior man sitting on his couch suffering from a headache because his hearing aids were not properly adjusted.

Everybody’s hearing loss situation is unique and hearing aids are designed to make up for those unique conditions. Whether you are new to wearing hearing aids or have been using them for years, if your hearing aids cause 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 noticing any pain or discomfort you should make sure your hearing aid is adjusted precisely and that it’s the right device for you.

Signs your hearing aid needs to be adjusted

If your hearing aids are not precisely fitted, they can cause headaches. Reasons being, they are not being used correctly, or haven’t been adjusted for a while. If this is the situation, the following issues might arise:

  • Headaches and tinnitus. Hearing aids that are picking up loud sounds and further amplifying them can be painful to your ears and can lead to not only headaches but also tinnitus. Normally, this means the settings are too high.
  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background noise can be picked up and boosted by your hearing aid, also generating screeching annoying feedback.
  • Inadequate sound quality. Poorly 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 state can also make quieter sounds inaudible.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

Even though you can go to a local Pharmacy and get a less pricey personal amplification device (over the counter hearing aid), these devices will not be customized for your personal hearing loss requirements.

Hearing loss is unique to every person so simply amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to improve your hearing. Often, distinct wavelengths of sound are lost when a person loses their hearing. Hearing aid settings have to be programmed to allow the individual to be able to hear effectively in different settings.

Professional hearing aid adjustment

Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted is the best way to be certain that your device is fitted properly. Custom-fitted hearing aids will be designed just for you using molds of your ears. The settings will be programmed to target your exact hearing loss situation once the correct fit is obtained.

You should also be able to hear sound in lots of different environments with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. This might require a few visits to make sure you get 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 have to be programmed in stages.

If you think you might be dealing with an out of tune hearing aid, contact us today and make 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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