Help! My Hearing Aids Are Uncomfortable. What Should I Do?

2021-09-23 | Hearing Aids, Patient Resources

Are Your Hearing Aids Uncomfortable | SLENT Hearing & Balance Center

It’s normal to be concerned if your new hearing aids feel uncomfortable. After all, you’ve just introduced something new and fairly permanent to your ears.

But if you’ve had no problems with your hearing aids up till now and they’ve suddenly started becoming uncomfortable, then it’s a good idea to speak with your hearing specialist about it to make sure they still fit properly.

What Does It Mean If My Hearing Aids Are Uncomfortable?

Not all discomfort means you should see an audiologist for further evaluation. Consider the following:

1.   The Adjustment Period

If your hearing aids are new, it will take a week to four months to get used to wearing them. It’s not like breaking in new shoes, but wearing a new device can feel strange for a bit. It can also take a while to get used to the new sounds and to retrain the brain to learn which sounds to engage with.

2.   The Physical Fit

The feeling could be from how the device is physically fitting into the ear canal. While we use custom earmolds for every patient to ensure a proper physical fit, it’s possible that they might still not fit properly, especially if you bought a one-size-fits-all hearing aid.

You’ll likely never get a good initial fit from an online-bought hearing aid. The only hearing aids that fit well are those that are custom fit by a hearing expert.

If you feel pain, it’s possible that your ear has developed a new bump or crease that’s constantly rubbing against the hearing aid. An improper fit can also lead to sores and infection.

3.   The Acoustic Fit

If you’re getting uncomfortable feedback in your ears, your hearing aids might need programming to allow for a better acoustical fit (sound quality).

Feedback could also be due to a poor fit, in which case, you’ll also need to see your hearing expert to fit it properly.

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4.   The Sensitivity Fit

A small number of people might find their skin has an allergic reaction to the materials used to make the hearing aids – something more common with budget-priced aids. An audiologist can help you find an alternative one that you don’t react to.

Fortunately, most hearing aids come with a trial period, and you can use your refund to replace them with a higher-quality product.

5.   Cleaning And Maintenance

If you like to stay active, it’s possible that sweat is building up around your hearing aids and irritating the skin. Your hearing aid provider should tell you on day one how to clean them often and properly.

If this training wasn’t something you experienced, check out our post Cleaning Your Hearing Aids: What You Need to Know. Or come see us for an in-person demonstration.

What Are The Downsides Of Having Uncomfortable Hearing Aids?

Uncomfortable hearing aids often turn into expensive paperweights. Ultimately, you might be tempted to not wear them as often as you should because of how uncomfortable they feel, which sets you back to square one.

Hearing aids should be comfortable enough that you forget they are there. After investing in a device that is created to help you hear the conversations that matter, it doesn’t make sense to not wear it when we can help adjust it to your liking.

What Should I Do If Have Uncomfortable Hearing Aids?

If you are upset with how your hearing aids feel on or in your ears, then schedule a consultation with a doctor of audiology. We’ve learned many ways to help with this over the years, and we’re looking forward to helping you.

Is There Anything That I Can Do At Home To Help, Without Visiting My Provider?

Yes. Schedule a telehealth appointment /consultation. We can give some great tips via a live telehealth video, and we can get a fairly good idea of what’s causing the discomfort. Also, some hearing aids allow for remote assistance, and we can adjust the settings online.

When it comes to acoustic feedback, it might not be due to the fit. There are a number of problems you can check and fix yourself by reading our article: Troubleshooting Your New Hearing Aids.

Could Somebody Come To You If They’re Unhappy With Their Hearing Aids, And How Would It Work?

Yes, we will inspect and service all makes of hearing aids, regardless of where they were purchased. We have the capability of programming most hearing aids. We’ll also see how well your hearing aids fit and adjust them for your comfort.

If the settings need to be adjusted, we’ll adjust those too – in line with the results of your hearing assessment. Hearing aids bought online are often set badly.

To get to where you can be happy with your hearing aids, simply call the office at 985-273-5795 or request an appointment through our website, and we’ll do what it takes to make sure you can enjoy wearing them.

Our goal is to support you on your journey to better hearing and allow you to continue to bring your best self to the world.

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Dr. JJ Martinez, AuD, FAAA

J.J. was born in Wichita, KS, and was brought up in a Marine Corps family. Following in his father’s footsteps, he joined the Marine Corps after high school and was stationed in Camp Lejeune, NC. After going to college at Southeastern Louisiana University, he went to graduate school and got his doctorate degree from Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans, LA. Soon after, he started his career in audiology and became board certified in Audiology.


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