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

Everyone’s hearing loss condition is unique and hearing aids are designed to make up for those individual conditions. Whether you are new to using hearing aids or have been wearing them for years, if your hearing aids give you headaches or any other type of pain, there is an answer.

A properly adjusted hearing aid will fit comfortably in your ear and provide the quality of amplification that meets your specific requirements. If this isn’t the situation, you should make certain you have the correct 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

If your hearing aids are not precisely fitted, they can trigger headaches. Normally, poor adjustment or improper use is the reason. Here are a few problems that may occur if you’re having this problem:

  • Insufficient sound quality. Poorly adjusted hearing aids can boost the volume of high intensity sound causing a loud irritating feedback that can damage your ears. Hearing aids in this state can also make low intensity sounds inaudible.
  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid might pick up and amplify background noise, like wind, which can also cause irritating, high-pitched feedback sounds.
  • 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 also tinnitus. This normally happens in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

Even though you can go to a local store and get a less expensive personal amplification device (over the counter hearing aid), these devices won’t be customized for your personal hearing loss needs.

Hearing loss is distinct to every individual so simply amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to improve your hearing. Often, distinct frequencies of sound are lost when someone loses their hearing. Hearing aid settings have to be adjusted to help the person hear adequately in different settings.

Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted

One of the most useful ways to ensure 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 right fit is obtained, we will need to adjust the hearing aid settings so you can distinguish between unwanted noise and the sounds you want to amplify.

Your hearing aid should also make automatic adjustments, which will let you hear background noises 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. And with significant hearing loss, your brain will need to become accustomed to hearing again in stages, so your hearing aid will need to be programmed in stages.

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