Hearing aids shouldn’t hurt

If your new hearing aids hurt your ears, follow these tips.

Once you get your hearing aids, it’s important to give yourself time to adjust not only to the sound but also the feel. It will be awkward at first to have something in your ear all day, but it should never be painful.

On the rare occasion that your ears do become irritated from your hearing aids, it is important to identify and fix the cause.

Are your hearing aids inserted correctly?

Be advised that an improper insertion can cause ear discomfort. For example, if you partially place the hearing aid in your ear to alleviate a snug feeling rather than insert it completely, you could suffer from ear discomfort. (See videos of how to properly insert your hearing aid.)

Is an ill-fitting hearing aid the culprit?

Sometimes the hearing aids feel fine when you’re in the hearing clinic, but as days pass, you notice a specific spot where there is rubbing or pressure. This needs to be addressed with your hearing professional right away.

It could be as simple as grinding the product down ever so slightly. Other times, impressions may need to be redone and sent to the manufacturer for a remake. This is usually infrequent and only specific to certain models and molds.

Are allergies causing discomfort?

Although infrequent, some people experience an allergy to certain earmold materials. Be sure to speak with your hearing professional about the materials used in hearing aids if you are aware of any allergies.

It is important to reach out to your hearing professional with any pain or discomfort when wearing your new hearing aids. As with anything new, there is always an adjustment phase, but it should never be painful.