What are the Side Effects of a Hearing Aid?


If you are someone that experiences hearing loss, but are concerned or worried about wearing hearing aids, then it can put you off wearing them at all. There are some small side effects that come from wearing hearing aids, but you need to decide for yourself if they do outweigh the benefits that can come from wearing them. Would you rather be unable to hear well at social interactions or be unable to hear music? 

Some people can find some hearing aids are a little uncomfortable, and that can put them off wearing them. However, the technology has come along so far, that a lot of the devices today are sleek, sophisticated and can offer a lot more comfort than older models could.

There are many technological advancements that the hearing aids of today will use, making them work well, fit flawlessly and be as comfortable as possible. It is important to bust the myths that are associated with any side effects of hearing aids, so that you can benefit from making an informed decision around your hearing, have improved hearing and create the kind of quality of life that you are looking for.

Itchy ears or discomfort?

No matter the size of your ear or the shape of them, all ears are different. For some people, the size of the hearing aids that they use will fit well, without any adjustment. But for others, the same hearing aids could be very uncomfortable and require further fitting by a professional.

So, there will be a lot of working with your hearing health professional to find out what will work best for you and what will be most comfortable for you. You want to get to the point that you are so comfortable with the device that you forget that you are wearing one. However, if you are finding your hearing aids hard to get used to, and you constantly feel their presence, then there can be some reasons for it that can be dealt with.

Do hearing aids generate feedback? 

If you know people who already use hearing aids, then they may have complained about hearing feedback or high-pitched sounds that come from the hearing aids. This sound is something that does come from the hearing aid, it leaks out of the ear and is picked up from the microphone on the hearing aid.

Modern technology has improved this somewhat, so that leaks of sound like this shouldn’t occur, or generate feedback in the same way. If you are getting any feedback from your hearing aids, then it could be because of a couple of things, like a wax build-up in your ears. It could also be because of having an ill-fitting hearing aid or a hearing aid that has not been programmed correctly. 

Having a clear ear canal, with a device that fits well, will ensure that there is no feedback. If your device is still generating any feedback, then speaking to your hearing health professional will help as they can see what other issues there are. 

Tiredness or headaches?

If you think about it, when you first get hearing aids, your brain is working harder to do what it normally would be doing. Your brain will be used to how things were, and it will need to start working harder in order for you to stay alert and help it get used to the device. As a result of hearing aids, it will need to rebuild the perceptions of what it sees as normal, as that will have changed. Your brain also has to relearn how to ignore some of the unnecessary background sounds that it is now noticing. 

As there is this added level of activity for your brain, your brain can feel similar to the way that your muscles would after you have worked out. It is important to note that it is still advised to wear any new hearing aids for as often as possible. This will help to stimulate the brain and help it to get accustomed to the new sound environment, and help it to do so as quickly as possible.

Hearing aids are something that you and your body need to get used to. They really can be life-changing, but don’t be put off if there are some teething problems with them at first. Here at Hear Again America, we want to make this process a really smooth and enjoyable one for you. If you want to find out how we can help and how hearing aids can help you, get in touch with one of our expert team today at 877-905-9493.

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