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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 manufactured to compensate for those individual conditions. If your hearing aids are giving you headaches or any other kind of discomfort, whether you’ve been wearing them for years or you’re a new user, there’s a solution.

If your hearing aid is properly adjusted it will meet your personal needs and fit inside of your ear comfortably. If you’re suffering from any pain or discomfort you should make sure your hearing aid is adjusted precisely and that it’s the correct device for you.

Your hearing aid requires adjustment if you notice any of these signs

If your hearing aids are not precisely fitted, they can cause headaches. 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 situation, the following issues might arise:

  • 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 loud.
  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background noise can be picked up and boosted by your hearing aid, also producing screeching frustrating feedback.
  • Inadequate sound quality. Hearing aids that are not adjusted well can amplify high-intensity sounds, generating a loud screeching noise that’s bothersome and causes injury to 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 store and get a less pricey personal amplification device (over the counter hearing aid), these devices won’t be customized for your personal hearing loss requirements.

Hearing loss is distinct to every individual so merely amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to improve your hearing. Typically, specific frequencies of sound are lost when someone loses their hearing. In order for a hearing aid help people hear clearly in different environments, they will need precise adjustment.

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted

Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted is the best way to be certain that your device is fitted properly. 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 obtained, we will need 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 automatic adjustments, which will allow you to hear background sounds in a variety of environments without interference. This may require a few visits to make sure you obtain the hearing aid that’s right for you and correct for your lifestyle. If you have significant hearing impairment, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be completed in stages so that your brain has time to adapt to louder sounds.

If you believe you might be dealing with an out of tune hearing aid, call us today and schedule an appointment to get it checked out.

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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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