Can Hearing Aids Lead to Headaches?

A distraught senior man sitting on his couch suffering from a headache because his hearing aids were not properly adjusted.

Everyone’s hearing loss situation is unique and hearing aids are designed to make up for those unique conditions. If your hearing aids are giving you headaches or any other kind of pain, whether you’ve been using them for years or you’re a new user, there’s a solution.

If your hearing aid is properly adjusted it will meet your individual needs and fit inside of your ear comfortably. If you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort you should ensure that your hearing aid is adjusted precisely and that it’s the right device for you.

Your hearing aid requires adjustment if you experience any of these signs

If your hearing aids are not precisely fitted, they can lead to headaches. Normally, poor adjustment or incorrect use is the reason. Here are some problems that may occur if you’re dealing with this problem:

  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud sounds that are further amplified can also trigger headaches and even tinnitus. This typically occurs in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.
  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background noise can be picked up and amplified by your hearing aid, also generating screeching annoying feedback.
  • Poor sound quality. Poorly adjusted hearing aids can increase the volume of high intensity sound causing a loud irritating feedback that can damage your ears. Hearing aids in this condition can also make quieter sounds disappear.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

While over-the-counter hearing aids, typically referred to as personal sound amplification devices, are obtainable at your local pharmacy, and cost less than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be tailored to meet your distinct hearing loss requirements.

Improving your hearing requires more than simply amplifying sounds because hearing loss is specific to the individual. There are many instances of hearing loss where people lose the ability to hear a specific frequency. Hearing aid settings have to be programmed to allow the individual to be able to hear adequately in different environments.

Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted

One of the best ways to ensure your hearing aid is fitted correctly is to have your individualized hearing aid fitted and adjusted. We will take molds of your ears and use them to make a custom-fitted hearing aid device just for you. Once the proper fit is attained, we will need to adjust the hearing aid settings so you can distinguish between unwanted noise and the sounds you want to amplify.

You should also be capable of hearing sound in lots of different settings with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. This may require a few visits to ensure you get the hearing aid that’s best for you and correct for your lifestyle. If you have severe hearing impairment, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be completed in stages so that your brain has time to adapt to louder sounds.

If you believe you might be suffering from an out of tune hearing aid, give us a call today and make an appointment to have it checked out.


The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.

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