Is Your Hearing Aid a Good Fit?

When you first begin wearing hearing aids, it's somewhat normal for them to feel a bit unusual as your ears adjust to the presence of a “foreign object” behind the ear or in the ear canal. While some amount of discomfort is common, when do little things add up to a bigger problem? In the first few days or weeks, your ears may be tired and you may experience an occasional mild headache. This is not unusual. However, should these symptoms persist, there are some ways to check for underlying issues with your new aids.

  1. Is there is a tender spot where the hearing aid sits? If this is the case, there may be a problem with the shape of the earmold for the hearing aid. Our audiologist can restructure the earmold so that there won't be so much of a pressure point in your ear.
  2. Do you hear a constant whistle in your ear? A loose ear mold or in-the-canal hearing aid may cause some sound to escape. This can be easily fixed by taking another earmold impression and then wearing the new, better fitting earmold.
  3. Do your hearing aids feel loose or even fall out? Today, 60% of individuals choose to wear behind-the-ear or receiver-in-the-ear devices. If the tubing or wiring is the wrong length, the hearing aid fit may seem insecure. When this happens, many people feel hesitant about wearing their hearing aids and are afraid they may lose them. Having the audiologist accurately measure and, if necessary, replace the wire or tube, will easily solve this problem.
  4. Do noises seem louder, but not clearer? Hearing healthcare providers now use computers to adjust and customize hearing aids to a person's specific hearing loss. To verify how effective a hearing aid fitting is, be sure to have a Speech Discrimination Test done while wearing your new hearing instruments. This test tells your audiologist the clarity of speech you recognize and helps ensure the best possible fit of the hearing aid. The more in-depth and thorough the hearing test and consultation, the more information can be gathered to make the right recommendation for technology and adjustment to meet your personal needs.

If you're experiencing any of these difficulties or have any questions about your current hearing aid technology, contact a specialist who will help with a course of action to remedy the problem. Birmingham Speech and Hearing Associates specializes in providing high-quality, comprehensive hearing healthcare. A complimentary consultation with our doctor of audiology and no obligation 30-day trial will help find the right fit for you.

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