5 Common Hearing Aid Side Effects

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If you suffer from hearing loss, a hearing aid can connect you with the people in your life. It improves relationships, experiences and job performance. However, if you are new to wearing them, you may have some issues. Fortunately, these are easily overcome.

Ears Feel Full or Uncomfortable

If you’re just starting to wear hearing aids, it may cause discomfort because the experience is so new. Wearers are unaccustomed to the new sensation. Some have compared this to wearing glasses when you’ve never worn them before. It takes a while to get used to the weight and feeling. Before long, however, the sensations become normal and unnoticed. If your hearing aids still continue to feel uncomfortable, be sure to contact your hearing aid specialist.

Skin Irritation, Itchiness, Sore Ear Canals

Discomfort from wearing hearing aids is certainly possible, and more likely if yours is not fitted properly. If the fit is too loose, the device will move around your ear, possibly causing soreness. If the fit is too tight, it can irritate the skin inside the ear canal. Another problem with poorly fitted hearing aids is that they don’t work well. A poor fit can lead to feedback and interference. The solution to these issues is proper fitting by a qualified hearing care professional.

Headaches and Ringing in the Ears

Although rare, some users report that they experience headaches or ringing in the ears when using a hearing aid. This can happen if the volume is set too loud, or if poor fit is causing the device to press the ear in a strange way. Sometimes the headaches are not caused by the hearing aid at all but just happens to coincide with their use. In that case, you should consult with your hearing specialist.

Poor Sound Quality

Some patients feel that sounds become more “tinny” when using hearing aids. Others are disturbed by high frequency sounds. If the patient’s hearing loss was in the high frequency end of the auditory spectrum, the device will amplify those. This is unsettling at first, but nearly all users adjust and become accustomed to the new sounds. High frequencies help users pickup on speech cues and are necessary for understanding speech.

Feedback or Interference

You may experience some cracking or whistling sounds when wearing a hearing aid. Chewing certain foods may sound weird. Some users say they hear strange sounds when it is windy, or when close to electronic devices. Your hearing care specialist can help you resolve these feedback issues.

We Are Happy to Help

Your risk of side effects is drastically lower if you see a qualified hearing care expert. If you are suffering from hearing loss, or are having problems with your current hearing device, our specialists have the knowledge and experience to help you. Please call us today at Beltone DFW.

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30461414