Audio Life Hearing Center- Knoxville, TN

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

Hearing aids are meant to help make up for your unique hearing loss condition. If your hearing aids are causing 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.

If your hearing aid is adjusted properly it will meet your individual needs and fit in your ear comfortably. 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.

Indications your hearing aid needs to an adjustment

Headaches can be the result of poorly adjusted hearing aids. Typical, poor adjustment or improper use is the reason. Here are some issues that could occur if you’re having this problem:

  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background sound can be picked up and amplified by your hearing aid, also producing screeching frustrating feedback.
  • Poor sound quality. Hearing aids that aren’t adjusted well can boost high-intensity sounds, causing a loud screeching noise that is aggravating and causes injury to your ears. Hearing aids in this condition can also make low intensity sounds disappear.
  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud noises that get amplified further can also trigger headaches and even tinnitus. This usually happens in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.

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 customized to meet your unique hearing loss requirements.

Hearing loss is unique to every person so merely amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to improve your hearing. Often, distinct wavelengths 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.

Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted is the best way to make sure your device is correctly fitted. We will take molds of your ears and use them to make a custom-fitted hearing aid device just for you. 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 hear.

Your hearing aid should also make automated adjustments, which will let you hear background noises in a variety of settings without interference. In order to be certain you get the right hearing aids for your individual needs, you may need to come in more than once. And with severe hearing loss, your brain will need to get used to hearing again in stages, so your hearing aid will have 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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