Are There Hearing Aid Side Effects?

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Can hearing aids cause side effects?

Hearing aids can provide many benefits to those who experience hearing loss, but many people wonder if hearing aids also have side effects. While there can be side effects of using hearing aids, most are temporary and only last as long as is required for the hearing aid to be properly adjusted for the user.

Not using the best, most appropriate hearing aid for your type of hearing loss, or using your hearing aid in a way it was not designed for can both cause side effects.  The most common types of side effects associated with new hearing aids include:

  • A slight headache (usually caused by improper seating of the hearing aid, or the aid being turned up too loud).
  • Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears (also caused by improper placement or incorrect volume setting).
  • Irritation or soreness of the skin around the hearing aid (usually from an incorrect fit or the wrong position in or around the ear).
  • Sound levels and quality that are sub-par, or feedback noises (typically caused by volume set too low or too high or by external noises such as wind or devices such as electronics interfering).

These issues can be easily fixed in most cases by having your hearing aids professionally adjusted by an audiologist or hearing aid specialist. You can often prevent these side effects by ensuring that your selection of a hearing aid is done with the help of a trained professional. They can help you:

  • Choose the right type of hearing aid for your type of hearing loss.
  • Ensure your hearing aid is properly fitted.
  • Select and activate all the hearing aid features you may need.
  • Learn how to store, clean, and care for your hearing aid.

You should always consult with your audiologist or hearing aid specialist if you have hearing aid side effects. Managing side effects of hearing aids can improve your experience and help you handle your hearing loss with ease and comfort. When the right hearing aid is properly fitted and used, the result is almost always improved quality of life. Getting used to wearing your hearing aid can take a little time, but over time you'll find the benefits outweigh any potential side effects.

Hearing aids can provide many benefits to those who experience hearing loss, but many people wonder if hearing aids also have side effects.