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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 problem. If your hearing aids are giving you headaches or any other kind of discomfort, whether you’ve been using them for years or you’re a new user, there’s a solution.

If your hearing aid is adjusted properly it will meet your personal needs and fit in your ear comfortably. If this is not the situation, you should make sure you have the correct type of hearing aid and that it’s been precisely adjusted.

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

Headaches can be the result of poorly adjusted hearing aids. Usually, inadequate adjustment or incorrect use is the reason. Here are some issues that could arise if you’re having this problem:

  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid may pick up and boost background noise, like wind, which can also trigger annoying, high-pitched feedback sounds.
  • Insufficient sound quality. Poorly 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.
  • 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 usually occurs in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

While over-the-counter hearing aids, typically referred to as personal sound amplification devices, are available at your local drug store, and are less expensive than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be customized to meet your distinct hearing loss requirements.

Improving your hearing requires more than just amplifying sounds because hearing loss is specific to the individual. There are many cases of hearing loss in which individuals lose the ability to hear a specific frequency. In order for a hearing aid help people hear clearly in different environments, they will need accurate adjustment.

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted

One of the most useful ways to make sure your hearing aid is fitted correctly is to have your personalized hearing aid fitted and adjusted. Custom-fitted hearing aids will be fabricated just for you utilizing molds of your ears. Once the ideal fit is obtained, it will be necessary to adjust the hearing aid settings so you can distinguish between unwanted noise and the sounds you want to hear.

Your hearing aid should also make automatic adjustments, which will let you hear background sounds in various settings without interference. In order to make sure you get the best hearing aids for your individual needs, you might need to come in more than once. If you have significant hearing loss, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be completed in stages so that your brain has time to adjust to louder sounds.

Contact us for an appointment if you think your hearing aid may need a tune-up.

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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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