Does Your Ear Hurt?
Comfort is very important when wearing your hearing aid(s). Discomfort occurs 10 percent of the time and usually happens when trying to remove your hearing instrument from your ear. In most cases, in-the-ear hearing aids (ITEs) and ear molds for behind-the-ear hearing aids (BTEs) can create a sore ear (usually towards the top of the aid or ear mold). When this happens, do not continue to wear the instrument. It’s not like breaking in a new pair of shoes! The next step is to contact your hearing health-care professional who can assess the problem. The majority of problems occur due to a “tight fit” and can be resolved by either grinding the mold/aid or remaking the entire hearing instrument or ear mold. Most hearing healthcare professionals can eliminate the problem by grinding and then buffing the problem area. You will be advised to wear the hearing instrument to “test drive” the modification. If this is unsuccessful, you should return to the office and have the aid and/or ear mold remade by the manufacturer. Remind the audiologist/dispenser to mark the area of soreness with a black marker to further reduce the risk of soreness reoccurring. Remember, if your ear hurts don’t try to get use to it. You have invested a lot of time and money towards better hearing. Contact your hearing health-care professional immediately who will fix the problem.