Millions of Americans use hearing aids to treat their hearing loss and improve their hearing experience. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 7.1% of adults aged 45 and over reported using hearing aids in 2019.
Similar to other technology, there are times when your hearing aids may experience problems that require adjustments. One example is if your hearing aids are causing headaches.
How Can Hearing Aids Cause Headaches?
Getting the right fit and having your settings adjusted to meet your hearing needs is essential to ensure you have the best experience while using your hearing aids. One of the main jobs of your hearing aids is to amplify sounds, making them easier for your ears and brain to process. However, if your internal settings are set too high, noises can sound uncomfortably loud and lead to headaches as well as other symptoms like tinnitus.
The Importance of The Right Hearing Aid Fit
During your hearing aid fitting, your audiologist will make sure your hearing aids fit comfortably in your ear as well as program your settings and make any needed adjustments to make sure you’re getting the right amplification to meet your needs.
Sometimes it can take a few adjustments to get the settings just right, while other times, issues pop up with your device, or your hearing needs change in a way that requires a change in your settings.
Signs You Need a Hearing Aid Adjustment
In addition to headaches, other signs can indicate that it’s time to have your hearing aids adjusted.
If the volume levels on your hearing aids seem off, chances are your settings need adjusting. Your hearing aids are supposed to work well in any listening environment, from a quiet coffee shop to a night out with friends at North 45 Pub. If you’re noticing that loud noises are overwhelming or softer noises are impossible to hear, schedule an appointment with your hearing specialist.
Additionally, if you frequently experience feedback in your device or it just feels uncomfortable in your ear, make an appointment at your earliest convenience. It’s important to address any issues with your hearing aids as soon as they arise to experience the best hearing possible.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Mt. Hood ENT & Allergy today.