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

Everybody’s hearing loss condition is unique and hearing aids are manufactured to compensate for those unique conditions. If your hearing aids are giving you headaches or any other type of pain, whether you’ve been using 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 this isn’t the situation, you should make certain you have the appropriate type of hearing aid and that it’s been precisely adjusted.

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

If your hearing aids are not properly fitted, they can cause headaches. Typical, poor adjustment or improper use is the reason. If this is the situation, the following problems might occur:

  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid may pick up and boost background noise, like wind, which can also trigger irritating, high-pitched feedback noises.
  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud noises that are further amplified can also cause headaches and even tinnitus. This usually happens in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.
  • Inadequate sound quality. Hearing aids that aren’t adjusted properly can boost high-intensity sounds, creating a loud screeching noise that’s bothersome and causes injury to your ears. And low level sound can get lost with hearing aids in this condition.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

While over-the-counter hearing aids, typically referred to 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 specific hearing loss needs.

Hearing loss is unique to every person so simply amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to improve your hearing. There are many instances of hearing loss where individuals lose the ability to hear a certain frequency. In order for a hearing aid to allow people to hear clearly in different environments, they will need precise adjustment.

Professional hearing aid adjustment

One of the best ways to ensure your hearing aid is fitted correctly is to have your individualized 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 attained, we will need to adjust the hearing aid settings so you can differentiate 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 various settings without interference. In order to be certain you get the right hearing aids for your personal needs, you might need to come in more than once. If you have significant hearing impairment, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be done 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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