Hearing aids are the best way to treat hearing loss. In most cases, an audiologist will be able to recommend the best hearing aid for your needs. However, sometimes patients end up with an ill-fitting hearing aid.
It is important that you get your hearing aid refitted if you think this may be the case. Below are a few signs that you may have an ill-fitting hearing aid, as well as advice on how to get your hearing aid refitted.
You Experience Discomfort
When you first get your hearing aid, there will be a slight adjustment period while you get used to wearing it. However, this should not cause discomfort – you should not experience any consistent pain or tenderness.
If your hearing aid feels uncomfortable or is causing you pain, it could be because:
- The hearing aid is not inserted correctly
- The hearing aid is too large/the wrong shape for your ear
- You have an ear infection or ear injury that is being aggravated by the hearing aid
These types of scenarios typically only occur when you have purchased a hearing aid without the assistance of an audiologist. These devices are incredibly customized to your specific hearing loss needs and anatomy, so they shouldn’t be ordered online.
If you notice pain or discomfort, schedule an appointment with your audiologist. They will be able to work with you to uncover the problem. In some cases, it may be a simple case of learning to insert the device properly, however in other cases you may not have the proper fit for your device.
The Volume is Too Loud or Quiet
After a long period of living with hearing loss, you may find that a hearing aid makes everything sound very loud. This could simply because you’ve got used to living life at a reduced volume – your ears and your brain may not be used to the increased input.
It is worth waiting a few days as you may simply need time to adjust to the increase in loudness. Start by wearing your hearing aid for a few hours at a time to help you get used to the increased volume. You may also want to limit time in noisy environments – such environments may seem slightly exhausting at first. You may also need to turn down the TV and the speaker on your phone if you’ve previously had it set at a high volume.
Of course, if certain innocuous sounds are still uncomfortably loud while wearing a hearing aid after a few days, it could be a sign that there is a genuine problem. By visiting an audiologist, you can determine whether your hearing aid needs to be readjusted.
Similarly, if everything sounds too quiet, this could be a sign that your hearing aid prescription isn’t quite right. An audiologist will be able to readjust your hearing aid so that it is producing the right amount of sound.
There is a Whistling Noise
If you experience an odd whistling or chirping sound, this too could be a sign that your hearing aid is ill-fitted. This sound is typically caused by ‘feedback’ – this is when the sound coming out of your hearing aid is picked up by the microphone, resulting in an endless loop of sound.
Feedback can be very irritating. It is often caused by a loosely-fitted hearing aid – this allows sound entering the ear to escape and reach the microphone at the front of the hearing aid. Try readjusting your hearing aid within your ear to see if this makes a difference.
If this does not make a difference, you may want to consider seeing an audiologist and getting your hearing aid refitted.
Getting your Hearing Aid Adjusted
If your hearing aid doesn’t feel comfortable or isn’t producing sound properly, you should see an audiologist. It’s possible that your devices may need a few slight adjustments to get the most out of them. An audiologist will be able to evaluate your issues and provide you with a wearing schedule so that you get more comfortable, or can make changes to the programming to better suit your needs.
At Valley Hearing Center, we have a team of highly-trained audiologists who will be able to find exactly the right hearing aid for you. Don’t hesitate to book an appointment if you’ve been thinking of getting a hearing aid or you’ve been having trouble with your current device. You can call us on 831-240-4162 to make an appointment.