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 make up for your unique hearing loss problem. If your hearing aids are giving you 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 correctly adjusted hearing aid will fit comfortably in your ear and give you the quality of amplification that meets your individual requirements. If you’re encountering any pain or discomfort you should ensure that your hearing aid is adjusted precisely and that it’s the right device for you.

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

Headaches can be the outcome of incorrectly adjusted hearing aids. Reasons being, they are not being used properly, or haven’t been adjusted for a long time. Here are a few issues that could arise if you’re dealing with this problem:

  • Headaches and tinnitus. Hearing aids that are picking up loud sounds and further amplifying them 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.
  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background sound can be picked up and amplified by your hearing aid, also generating screeching annoying feedback.
  • Insufficient sound quality. Hearing aids that are not adjusted properly can amplify high-intensity sounds, causing a loud screeching noise that is bothersome and causes injury to your ears. Hearing aids in this state can also make quieter sounds disappear.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

While over-the-counter hearing aids, generally known as personal sound amplification devices, are obtainable at your local pharmacy, and cost less than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be tailored to meet your unique hearing loss needs.

Hearing loss is unique to every person so simply amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to help your hearing. Typically, specific wavelengths of sound are lost when somebody loses their hearing. Hearing aid settings have to be programmed to help the person hear adequately in different settings.

Professional hearing aid adjustment

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 programmed to target your exact hearing loss situation once the correct fit is attained.

Your hearing aid should also make automated adjustments, which will allow you to hear background noises in various settings without interference. In order to make sure you get the best hearing aids for your personal needs, you may need to come in more than once. If you have significant hearing impairment, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be completed in stages to allow your brain time to adapt to louder sounds.

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