Hearing Aids Side Effects

hearing aid Hearing aids are helpful devices that can improve the lifestyle of those with hearing loss and provide them with more independence and confidence. Having the proper hearing aid for the individual hearing loss is essential for deriving the maximum benefit from it and avoiding discomfort and frustration.

There are various types of hearing aids aimed to fit everyone’s specific condition, severity of hearing impairment and personal taste. The great choice of models sometimes makes it difficult for the wearer to choose. It is advisable the choice to be made together with a specialist who can recommend the best option for the particular case.

Not using the optimal hearing aid or not using it in the correct way could lead to some side effects that may bother you and make you feel uncomfortable. However, they can be easily avoided and fixed with the assistance of your audiologist.

Bad fitting

If your hearing aid is too tight, it may cause skin irritation, soreness and general discomfort and if it is too loose, it can slip or slide. Bad fitting can interfere with the sounds you hear and create more feedback. Make sure to put your hearing aid in carefully and properly. If the problem is with the device, you should turn to your audiologist for adjustment.

Feedback

Some hearing aids may produce a lot of feedback such as whistling, cracking when put on, or when it is windy. They may also make loud sounds when chewing specific foods or around some electronic devices that may cause interference with the signal. Again, this can be resolved through consultation with your audiologist.

Headaches and Tinnitus

When the volume of the hearing aid is not properly set particularly if set too loud, it is possible to start having headaches or experience tinnitus or ringing in the ears, sometimes even pain. If you feel any of these symptoms, you should consult with a specialist to examine your complaints and fix the hearing aid properties if needed.

Improper sound level and quality

Too low or too high volume will feel uncomfortable and not let you benefit from the qualities of your device. Every case of hearing loss is individual and the hearing aid needs to be adjusted according to the person who wears it. This can also be achieved to an extent by choosing a model with a volume control. If there is a severe hearing loss, it is recommended to look for a high power hearing aid that has a volume limit as increasing the volume too much can further damage residual hearing.

Unlike glasses that fix eyesight immediately, hearing aids do not restore the lost hearing ability right away. In fact, they do not restore hearing but help you hear better and locate the direction of the sound and make it easier to cope in conversations and emergencies. However, the sooner you start using them the better. They need to be worn to stimulate the brain to recognize and process sounds and contrary to some popular myths, proper wearing of hearing aids will not lead to further deterioration of your hearing but help you immensely with daily tasks and leading a sociable life.

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Comments to Hearing Aids Side Effects

  1. Gravatar Frank
    30th September 2012 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Will wearing hearing aid lower the sensitivity of the ears? That's the info I am looking for. Common knowledge tells me that when an organ has to work hard, it keeps its functionality strong, like you have to walk to keep the muscle of your leg strong. Wearing hearing aid makes the hearing mechanism of a human body "lazy", so the real ability of hearing decreases. That's what I suspect. Is this correct? Thanks Frank, Vancouver, Canada

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      1st October 2012 at 2:48 am | Permalink

      Hi Frank, thanks for comment. On this occasion, the opposite is true, there are several studies showing that aiding hearing actually slows down the onset of hearing loss as it keeps the sound information flowing to the brain for interpretation which helps preserve this vital part of the hearing process.