Louisville Family Audiology - Louisville, KY

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 designed to make up for those unique conditions. 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 properly adjusted hearing aid will fit comfortably in your ear and give you the quality of amplification that meets your individual needs. If you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort you should make sure your hearing aid is adjusted precisely and that it’s the correct device for you.

Your hearing aid requires adjustment if you experience any of these signs

If your hearing aids are not precisely fitted, they can trigger headaches. Typical, inadequate adjustment or improper use is the reason. If this is the situation, the following problems might arise:

  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud sounds that are further amplified can also trigger headaches and even tinnitus. This normally occurs in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.
  • Inadequate sound quality. Hearing aids that are not adjusted well can amplify high-intensity sounds, generating a loud screeching noise that is aggravating and causes injury to your ears. And low volume sound can get lost with hearing aids in this state.
  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid may pick up and amplify background noise, like wind, which can also cause irritating, high-pitched feedback sounds.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

While over-the-counter hearing aids, typically 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 unique hearing loss requirements.

Hearing loss is unique to every person so simply amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to help your hearing. Often, distinct 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 environments.

Professional hearing aid adjustment

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted is the best way to be certain that your device is fitted properly. Custom-fitted hearing aids will be designed just for you using molds of your ears. The settings will be programmed to address your exact hearing loss situation once the proper fit is obtained.

Your hearing aid should also make automated adjustments, which will let you hear background sounds in a variety of environments 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. And with severe 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.

Call us 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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