Sometimes a hearing aid wearer (who has custom in-the-ear hearing devices, or ear molds for behind-the-ear hearing devices) may express concern over their hearing aids not comfortably fitting in their ears anymore.
Your Weight-loss May Be The Cause
There’s a possibility that the ear mold or hearing aid changed, but in some cases it’s the person who is wearing the hearing device who changed. Individuals who may have lost anywhere between 5-8lbs, or more, can notice a looser fit in their hearing aids. In addition to not having a snug fit, this loose fit may cause whistling or feedback noises.
Your Ears Grow
The loss of weight is not the only issue. As you get older, cartilage in your ears and nose continue to grow. Your ear lobes may lengthen in size, due to gravity. You may notice that your ears look larger than they did a decade ago.
Solutions To Have Properly Fit Hearing Aids
If you wear hearing aids and are concerned that they feel looser than before, or if they begin to make whistling or squealing sounds, these are minor changes and can be repaired in a hearing instrument specialist’s office by getting the hearing aid or the mold reinforced. In some cases you may need a new mold. It is recommended that you get an annual hearing test, and the hearing instrument specialist will check the fit of your hearing aids during that exam. It’s important to make investments in your hearing aids, so you can get the most use out of them!
Schedule an appointment with one of our hearing instrument specialists at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to have the fit of your hearing devices checked.