Illini Hearing - Champaign and Mahomet, IL

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

Hearing aids are designed to help make up for your unique hearing loss condition. Whether you are new to wearing hearing aids or have been wearing them for years, if your hearing aids give you headaches or any other type of pain, there is 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 you’re noticing 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 detect any of these signs

Headaches can be the outcome of incorrectly adjusted hearing aids. Usually, inadequate adjustment or improper use is the reason. Here are some problems that may occur if you’re dealing with this problem:

  • 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 also tinnitus. This usually happens in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.
  • Poor sound quality. Hearing aids that aren’t adjusted well can boost high-intensity sounds, generating a loud screeching noise that’s bothersome and causes injury to your ears. Hearing aids in this state can also make low intensity sounds inaudible.
  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background sound can be picked up and boosted by your hearing aid, also generating screeching annoying feedback.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

While over-the-counter hearing aids, commonly called personal sound amplification devices, are available at your local drug store, and cost less than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be tailored to meet your specific hearing loss needs.

Hearing loss is unique to every individual so merely amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to help your hearing. Typically, distinct frequencies of sound are lost when a person loses their hearing. In order for a hearing aid help people hear clearly in different environments, 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 utilizing molds of your ears. The settings will be programmed to address your specific hearing loss situation once the proper fit is attained.

Your hearing aid should also make automated adjustments, which will let you hear background sounds in various settings without interference. This may require a few visits to make sure you get the hearing aid that’s best for you and in tune with your lifestyle. If you have significant hearing loss, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be completed in stages so that your brain has time to adjust to louder sounds.

If you think you might be dealing with an out of tune hearing aid, call us today and make an appointment to get it checked out.

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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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