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What Are the Side Effects of a Hearing Aid?

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Hearing loss is something that is incredibly common among people all over the world. While it most commonly affects those who are older, it is something that anyone can experience to one degree or another. Sometimes hearing loss can be temporary and sometimes it can be something that you experience on a more permanent basis. 

There are a wide variety of causes for hearing loss ranging from injury to illness to certain forms of medication to a range of neurological conditions. Whatever the cause of any form of hearing loss, there are always treatments and support available. One of the most common of these is, of course, a hearing aid.

What are hearing aids?

There are a lot of different types of hearing aids. Analog hearing aids were the most popular for a long time but becoming less and less used now that digital hearing aids have become the standard for most people. There are also bone-anchored hearing aids that are useful for those who only experience hearing loss in one ear. There are also things like cochlear implants and implanted hearing aids that are more expensive and are designed for severe or profound hearing loss.

Regardless of the type of hearing aid used, they are all designed to provide several benefits to anyone experiencing any kind of hearing loss. These include a greater level of audibility in conversation level speech and an ability to correctly filter background noise. 

Hearing aids should also be designed to be as comfortable and unobtrusive as possible so that you are able to go about your life as normal.

Possible side effects

As useful and fantastic as hearing aids can be, there are some side effects that you may potentially experience when using them.

Headaches

This is something that often occurs when the volume of a hearing aid is not set properly. It is particularly common when a hearing aid is set too loud. This is something that is common among those who first start wearing a hearing aid since it takes some time for your brain to relearn the ability to filter out certain sounds, causing small sounds to feel extremely loud. A hearing aid with the volume set too high can also cause ringing in the ears, otherwise known as tinnitus.  Often these kinds of problems can go away after the first couple of weeks but if they persist then it's a good idea to make an appointment with your audiologist.

Irritation or discomfort

Ideally, a hearing aid should be small and comfortable enough that you can go about your day without really having to think about it all that much. However, if a hearing aid is not fitted properly then it can very uncomfortable to wear. If a hearing aid is too loose then it can slip around and be incredibly distracting, while if it's too tight then you run the risk of it causing soreness, irritation to your skin and general discomfort. Not only that but poor fitting can also interfere with the sounds that you hear and even cause feedback. Make sure that you are always putting your hearing aid in as carefully as possible but if the issue is with the hearing aid itself then the best thing you can do is to speak to your audiologist.

Itching

Itching in the ear canal can be an infuriating experience at the best of times and hearing aids can sometimes make it worse. Whatever you do, don't stick your finger in your ear to scratch it. This can damage your ear and cause your hearing loss to potentially worsen. A spray or drops that can moisturize the ear canal are far better options. Once again, you should also make sure to speak to your audiologist about whether your hearing aid is the source of the itching or if it is unrelated.

The wrong sound level and a lack of quality

In order to get the most out of your hearing aid, you want to be sure that you have the levels and quality correct. People experience hearing loss differently and if your hearing aid is not set correctly for your needs then it's going to make life very difficult for you. Your audiologist can help you make the necessary adjustments.

Whether you are experiencing any unwanted side-effects from your hearing aid or if you are wondering if a hearing aid might be the right choice for you, you can call and learn more about Advanced Audiology Services LLC contact us today at 810-388-9400. That way, you can be sure that you get the best possible treatment and that you have the highest possible quality of life.