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Hearing Aid Adjustments

Like any other specialized technology, hearing aids will periodically need to be adjusted to continue to work properly. These adjustments may be small alterations to your hearing aids such as downloading a firmware update to your hearing aids to larger changes like recasting your hearing aid casing.

Have Hearing Aid Adjustments Done By Our Audiologists

When you need hearing aid adjustments that concern the firmware or hardware of your hearing aids, it is important that you work with our doctors of audiology at Hearing & Balance Doctors to reach a solution. Our audiologists are educated and experienced in working with most brands of hearing aids and can provide you with a range of hearing aid adjustment, such as:

  • Re-casting your hearing aid earmold
  • Replacing parts such as the wax guards, battery doors, receivers, and other parts
  • Reprogramming your hearing aid listening programs to meet your current needs
  • Professionally clean your hearing aids for a cleaner, better fit

If there are major adjustments needed such as re-casting your custom, In-The-Ear hearing aids casing for a better fit, our doctors of audiology can send your hearing aids to the manufacturers to make the adjustment.

Signs That Your Hearing Aids Need To Be Adjusted

Some issues with your hearing aids will be obvious, such as missing parts. However, there may be other signs you may not have considered as signs of hearing aids in need of adjustment. Some people dismiss these signs as just hearing aids being uncomfortable, but if you have these signs, it is clear that your hearing aids need to be adjusted.  

  • Pain or discomfort from hearing aids – It can feel odd to wear hearing aids when you first start. However, if there is serious discomfort or pain, it can be a sign that your hearing aids were not cast properly and may need to be brought in for re-casting.
  • Inconsistent hearing aid volume – There are natural dips and rises in speech and sounds. So, if you are hearing fluctuations in sound that seem to naturally match, then there is little need for alarm. But, if the sound of your hearing aids cuts out unexpectedly, that can be a sign your hearing aids need an adjustment.
  • Permanently too low volume – If you cannot turn your hearing aid volume up high enough to properly hear, that can be a clear sign that your hearing aids need adjustment.
  • Hearing aids sound too soft or sharp – Your hearing aids can sound different from how you remember your natural hearing. But if that sound is consistently too soft or sharp, then you may need to bring your hearing aids in for reprogramming.
  • Feedback sounds don’t go away – Feedback such as static and whistling sounds can simply be a sign that you need to shift how your hearing aids are sitting. However, if the shape of your ear has changed or if your hearing aid casing isn’t sitting well anymore, you may need an adjustment to make the feedback sounds go away.

At-Home Hearing Aid Adjustments

If your hearing aids are acting up, there are several ways you can try to adjust them at home, and see if you can correct whatever is irritating you. None of our recommended at home adjustments are invasive, and our hearing doctors do not recommend you try to use any tools beyond cleaning implements, as anything else can void your warranty.

Some of the things we would suggest you try to fix an adjustment issue with your hearing aids are:

  • Check to be sure that your hearing aids are not on the telecoil setting. Being on telecoil setting without needing it can cause sounds to become distorted.
  • Turn your hearing aid volume all the way down, then slowly adjust back to your preferred level. By doing this, you may find that one or both of your hearing aids was improperly set at the wrong volume.
  • Take your hearing aids out then place them back in your ear to improve the device’s seal with the rest of your ear. You may want to clean your hearing aids off, in case there is any earwax or debris in the way that will block your ability to make a good seal.
  • Cleaning your hearing aids in general is a great way to ensure that your hearing aids filter sound cleanly, and they sit comfortably in your ears.

Also, it is important to remember that consistently wearing hearing aids is something you will need time to adjust to, as they will bring you sounds you may not have heard in years. It can also take time just to become used to having hearing aids in your ears.

Other lifestyle practices you can implement to adjust to your hearing aids are:

  • Work with our doctors of audiology on aural rehabilitation, which can help you re-acclimate to hear better with your hearing aids.
  • Be sure to wear your hearing aids for 9-12 hours every day to receive the full benefits of your improved hearing. You can build up to wearing them for longer stretches, but you should constantly working on wearing your hearing aids as long as possible, so you can adjust to how hearing aids feel and sound.
  • In crowded areas or social gatherings, try to place yourself near a wall or non-sound reflective surface. That way, you can keep from having sound reaching you from all sides at once.

Have Your Hearing Aids Professionally Adjusted At Hearing & Balance Doctors

When you need your hearing aids adjusted, it important that you go to the best people for the job—our doctors of audiology at Hearing & Balance Doctors. Our hearing specialists have years of experience and training to help you with all your hearing and balance needs.

Contact us to work with our doctors of audiology. Our specialists always make sure to take the time to truly listen to your concerns and will help you reach your hearing health goals.