What are the Side Effects of a Hearing Aid?

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Using hearing aids can dramatically help you if you have forms of hearing loss. These advanced devices have the power to improve the quality of life you have and daily communication, enabling you to pick up with socializing activities and to enjoy your days once more. But it is also important that you need to adapt to wearing them and adjust so that you get used to having them on. While you do adjust and adapt, you may find that there are some small side effects. 

Thankfully, your audiologist will be able to make some tweaks and changes to the settings and help fit your hearing aids and advise on what you might be feeling and experiencing. But it is always a good idea to have a heads up on what to expect. With that in mind, here are some of the things to consider.

Common hearing aids side effects

Having hearing aids should transform your hearing loss, but if they aren’t used correctly or you have the wrong kind of hearing aid fitted, it can cause side effects or discomfort. Here are some of the ones to look out for.

Headaches and tinnitus

If you are wearing a hearing aid and the volume is not at the correct level, then this could mean that you start to experience headaches or ringing in the ears. Often, this can lead to discomfort. If you are experiencing this then discussing it with your audiologist is the best course of action. They may be able to change settings or check to ensure that the hearing aid is fitted correctly. Of course, it may also be part of the adjustment period, so giving it a little time to see if the symptoms ease could also be worthwhile. 

Skin irritations and soreness 

In some cases, if a hearing aid isn’t fitted correctly then they can be uncomfortable to wear. It should feel secure and comfortable, so if you feel anything other than those things then it is likely not fitted right. If they are not fitted correctly, it can cause skin irritation and soreness as the hearing aid rubs against the skin. 

Itchy ear canal

If you feel a sudden urge to scratch inside your ear, try and avoid pulling your hearing aid out and doing it. It could mean that you need to clean your ears out to remove any wax or build up. You can do this with a moist cloth. If it continues then ask your audiologist to look. 

Sound issues or interference 

In some cases, hearing aids are an adjustment to your life. If the volume is too low or too high then it could be causing you issues, interference or influence sound quality. You can adjust the volume yourself to see what works. However, if it doesn’t change or improve, your audiologist may be able to help.

When you might need your hearing aids adjusted

If you are experiencing something that you don’t feel is right, or any of the side effects mentioned above, then it may be time to speak with your audiologist to get your hearing aids settings adjusted or to seek out some advice. Here are some of the things to think about:

  • Speak to your audiologist and make sure that you have the right hearing aid for your hearing loss.
  • Get your hearing aid checked for fitting, as discomfort could be caused by that.
  • Ensure that you have all the features that you need turned on
  • Clean your hearing aids

How you can manage your hearing aid side effects

Not everyone will have a plain sailing journey from getting their hearing aids fitted to experiencing life back to a new normal. There may be times where you need to visit your audiologist for advice, change settings and fittings or even have new hearing aids fitted if the first set weren’t completely right. It is a journey. Your audiologist is the best person to help if you are experiencing anything of the above, or if you have any questions. They are designed to be able to give you your confidence back, and to help you experience your day-to-day life in a better way. So, while it may take a few appointments and an adjustment, it will be worth it.

If you would like more information about hearing aids or would like to book an appointment with an audiologist, then get in touch with Valley Hearing Center today at 831-240-4162.