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 intended to help compensate for your individual hearing loss problem. Whether you are new to wearing hearing aids or have been using them for years, if your hearing aids give you headaches or any other kind of pain, there is a solution.

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

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

If your hearing aids are not properly fitted, they can cause headaches. The reason for this is that they are not being used properly, or haven’t been adjusted for a while. Here are a few issues that may occur if you’re having this issue:

  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background noise can be picked up and amplified by your hearing aid, also producing screeching annoying feedback.
  • Poor sound quality. Hearing aids that aren’t adjusted well can boost high-intensity sounds, creating a loud screeching sound that’s aggravating and causes injury to your ears. And low level sound can get lost with hearing aids in this state.
  • 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. Typically, this means the settings are too loud.

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 programmed for your personal hearing loss requirements.

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

Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted

One of the most useful ways to ensure your hearing aid is properly fitted is to have your individualized hearing aid fitted and adjusted. Custom-fitted hearing aids will be designed just for you using molds of your ears. The settings will be adjusted to target your exact hearing loss situation once the proper fit is attained.

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 ensure you obtain the hearing aid that’s right for you and in tune with your lifestyle. If you have significant hearing loss, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be completed in stages to allow your brain time to adapt to louder sounds.

Give us a call 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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