Audiology Associates of North Florida - Tallahassee, FL

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. Whether you are new to using hearing aids or have been wearing them for years, if your hearing aids cause 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 case, you should make sure you have the appropriate type of hearing aid and that it’s been properly adjusted.

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

Headaches can be the result of incorrectly adjusted hearing aids. Reasons being, they are not being used correctly, or haven’t been adjusted for a while. Here are a few problems that may arise if you’re experiencing this issue:

  • Inadequate sound quality. Hearing aids that aren’t adjusted properly can boost high-intensity sounds, generating a loud screeching sound that’s bothersome and causes injury to your ears. And low intensity sound can get lost with hearing aids in this state.
  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background noise can be picked up and amplified by your hearing aid, also causing screeching annoying feedback.
  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud sounds that are further amplified can also cause headaches and even tinnitus. Typically, this means the settings are too high.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

While over-the-counter hearing aids, commonly referred to as 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 unique hearing loss requirements.

Hearing loss is unique to every person so simply amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to improve your hearing. Typically, specific frequencies of sound are lost when someone loses their hearing. In order for a hearing aid help people hear clearly in different environments, they will need precise adjustment.

Professional hearing aid adjustment

One of the most useful ways to make sure your hearing aid is properly fitted is to have your customized hearing aid fitted and adjusted. We will take molds of your ears and use them to fashion a custom-fitted hearing aid device just for you. The settings will be adjusted to target your exact hearing loss situation once the correct fit is attained.

You should also be able to hear sound in lots of different settings with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. This may require a few visits to ensure you get the hearing aid that’s right for you and correct for your lifestyle. 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.

Contact 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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