Hearing aids are a great way to treat hearing loss. They can make speech sound clearer, diminish background noise and even help your balance. As with all new technologies, you may have some concerns or worries about trying them. Let’s discuss some common concerns and problems as well as their solutions so that you can feel confident enough to enjoy the many benefits of your new devices.
Concerns With Appearance
Many people worry about the appearance of hearing aids. In the past, hearing aids were associated with aging, but that is not the case today. Hearing loss is incredibly common and not restricted to specific age groups. Approximately 15% of U.S. adults report some trouble hearing, and you can feel bolstered by the fact that you aren’t alone.
If you are concerned about the appearance of your devices, consider talking to your audiologist about the different size options, including but not limited to the following:
With sizes and colors ranging from visible to nearly imperceptible, you will have control over the appearance of your new devices.
Problems With Sounds
The two most common problems people have with sound in their hearing aid and their solutions are:
- Whistling noise. Whistling noise in hearing aids is often from feedback. Though most hearing aids contain feedback suppression features, built-up earwax or improper fit can cause feedback. Try cleaning the hearing aid, following the instructions from the manual and see if the feedback issue is resolved. If it isn’t, make an appointment with your audiologist to check the fit and see if you need to have your ear canal cleaned.
- Unclear sound. Unclear sound, usually defined as muffling, is often the result of earwax build-up. Try cleaning your hearing aid first, and if the sound issue has not been resolved, make an appointment with your audiologist to discuss regular ear cleanings.
Problems with unwanted sounds in hearing aids can get in the way of your time enjoying an iced latte at Detour Coffee or hanging out with friends at the park. Contact your audiologist with any concerns about hearing aid sounds or clarity.
Discomfort From Hearing Aids
Hearing aids can take some getting used to. Similar to soreness from wearing headphones, you may experience some initial irritation or redness. Though consistency is important with new hearing aids, taking them out for an hour or so when they’re making you uncomfortable can make the adjustment period more manageable.
Remember that while discomfort is common, your hearing aids should never hurt. If you are experiencing pain from your hearing aids, they are likely an improper fit, and you should make an appointment with your audiologist immediately to address the issue.
To start hearing loss treatment, contact ENT Specialists Of Northern Virginia today to make an appointment with one of our trusted audiologists.