Signs That You Are Wearing an Ill-fitting Hearing Aid

a hearing specialist performing a hearing aid fitting for his elderly patient

There are many reasons people experience hearing loss, with some examples relating to age or exposure to loud noises. While hearing loss can be frustrating and even confusing, it can be treatable with the right approach and equipment. 

Hearing aids are one of the most popular means of overcoming hearing loss for people of all ages. For many, they are essential to living a rich and healthy life while helping them avoid the common problems associated with untreated hearing loss. But wearers cannot just choose any hearing aid. If you do not think your hearing aid is effective, it could be a sign that it has not been fitted properly, which makes the device useless, and you will not get the full benefit. Here are some signs that you are wearing an ill-fitting hearing aid. 

Tenderness Around Your Ear 

Tenderness around your ear is one of the most common and obvious signs that you are wearing an ill-fitting hearing aid. While you may still be able to live your day-to-day life as normal, there is still a constant sensation that does not feel quite right. 

You can check this by feeling the area where you wear your hearing aid. If it feels too delicate or sensitive to the touch, it could be a sign that your hearing aid is not suitable for your ear. 

This could be due to the size of the hearing aid or even the style. As there are several types of hearing aid to choose from, such as in-the-ear (ITE), behind-the-ear (BTE) and in-the-canal (ITC), you can speak to your audiologist to find a style that better suits your needs and overcome the discomfort.  

Volume Issues 

Hearing aids are designed to increase the environmental volume and allow the wearer to hear speech, music, and situational sounds more easily. This effect will enhance sociability, awareness, and safety. It can take new hearing aid wearers a few days to familiarize themselves with the volume adjustments and find out the ideal level for them. However, if you have been wearing your hearing aid for a while and still experience volume issues, your hearing aid may not fit correctly. 

If the volume sounds muffled or you need to adjust the volume regularly to hear your surroundings, the hearing aid is likely fitted or programmed incorrectly. While it may not seem like a significant issue when isolated, it could affect your ability to follow conversations, hear what other people are saying, or even conjure a safety issue, as you will not be able to hear oncoming traffic when on the street. 

Consistent Whistling Noises 

Whistling noises follow the same lines as volume issues. This whistling is caused by feedback that re-amplifies the sound generated by the hearing aid, which creates an endless loop of noise. Again, it can cause safety issues and make it difficult for you to keep up with what other people are saying, especially in large groups.

Furthermore, the whistling is distracting. This can impact your experiences at home or work. You will find it impossible to focus on the television, music, or work. While you can switch the hearing aid off when this happens, it also means you will not get the benefit of being able to hear anyone addressing you. 

Loose or Tight Sensation

Ideally, your audiologist would have checked and fitted your hearing aid to meet your exact ear shape regardless of the hearing aid you chose. However, much like some earbud headphones can feel too loose or too tight depending on the size of the silicone earpads, the same can happen if your hearing aid has not been fitted correctly. 

This can occur if you are wearing hearing aids that have not been specifically designed for you. If you feel that the hearing aid is too tight or always on the verge of falling out, you will try to adjust it constantly. This is inconvenient at best, but it could also cause you to lose your hearing aids or decide not to wear them at all because the experience is too frustrating as it interferes with your daily life. This is why it is critical to purchase hearing aids from an audiologist who can fit them to your customized needs.

Get in Touch 

If you feel like your hearing aid does not fit the way it should and have experienced issues with the quality and performance, a professional audiologist can help you find a solution that works for you. Get in touch with the Audiology & Hearing Center of Tampa today to find out how our experienced team can provide essential assistance and make your hearing aid as effective as possible. You can contact our Westchase office at 813-962-1888 or call our Tampa Palms office at 813-374-3036 to find out more.