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

Hearing aids are meant to help compensate for your individual hearing loss problem. If your hearing aids are causing headaches or any other type of pain, whether you’ve been wearing them for years or you’re a new user, there’s a solution.

A properly adjusted hearing aid will fit comfortably in your ear and provide the quality of amplification that meets your individual needs. If this is not the situation, you should make certain you have the appropriate type of hearing aid and that it’s been properly adjusted.

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

Headaches can be the result of improperly adjusted hearing aids. Usually, inadequate adjustment or improper use is the reason. Here are some issues that may arise if you’re dealing with this issue:

  • Insufficient sound quality. Hearing aids that are not adjusted well can boost high-intensity sounds, creating a loud screeching noise that is bothersome and causes injury to your ears. Hearing aids in this state can also make low intensity sounds inaudible.
  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid might pick up and boost background noise, like wind, which can also result in irritating, high-pitched feedback sounds.
  • Headaches and tinnitus. Hearing aids that are picking up loud sounds and amplifying them further can be painful to your ears and can lead to not only headaches but tinnitus as well. Normally, this means the settings are too loud.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

While over-the-counter hearing aids, commonly known as personal sound amplification devices, are obtainable at your local drug store, and are less expensive than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be tailored to meet your distinct hearing loss needs.

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

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted

Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted is the best way to make sure your device is correctly fitted. Custom-fitted hearing aids will be fabricated just for you using molds of your ears. Once the ideal fit is attained, it will be necessary to adjust the hearing aid settings so you can distinguish between unwanted noise and the sounds you want to amplify.

You should also be able to hear sound in many different environments with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. In order to be certain you get the right hearing aids for your individual needs, you might need to come in more than once. If you have severe hearing loss, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be done in stages so that your brain has time to adjust to louder sounds.

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