Common Hearing Problems
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Wearing a hearing aid for the first time, or even upgrading to a more high-tech model, is a strange new experience for many hearing impaired people. There is often an initial period of adjustment that can sometimes be frustrating or uncomfortable. It is important to remain persistent during this time, however; the benefits of better hearing are worth the initial struggles.
Common Hearing Problems and Solutions
Most of the problems people experience with new hearing aids actually have simple solutions. A few examples are listed below:
- Discomfort or tenderness in the ears. While you are still getting used to the feel of a hearing aid, it may be best to begin slowly. Wear it for one hour a day, then two, and so on. On the other hand, ear pain can be a sign that a hearing aid has been incorrectly fitted to your ear. If you experience any discomfort, ask your audiologist about whether to cut back on use or resize.
- Hearing aid feedback. A whistling sound, also known as feedback, is a common issue for new hearing aid users. It can be caused by a buildup of earwax, damage to the hearing aid, or a poor hearing aid fit. Our hearing aid experts can help you troubleshoot this issue, or you can make an appointment with your audiologist.
- Too much background noise. Unfortunately, hearing aids do not just enhance the sounds you want to hear, but all sounds. For some people this creates a problem with excessive background noise that drowns out conversations. Adjusting the settings on your hearing aid may help with this problem, or you may simply need to adjust to it. Ask your audiologist for recommendations.
No matter what issues you are having with your hearing aid, our network of hearing aid experts and trained audiologists is here to help.
HearingPlanet can help you with every step of treating hearing loss, from your initial diagnosis to solving problems with your new hearing aid. Contact our hearing aid professionals at 1-800-432-7669.