Can Headaches be Caused by Hearing Aids?


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

Everybody’s hearing loss situation is unique and hearing aids are designed to compensate for those unique conditions. Whether you are new to wearing hearing aids or have been wearing them for years, if your hearing aids cause headaches or any other kind of pain, there is an answer.

If your hearing aid is adjusted properly it will meet your individual needs and fit in your ear comfortably. If this is not the case, you should make sure you have the correct type of hearing aid and that it’s been properly adjusted.

Signs your hearing aid needs to be adjusted

If your hearing aids are not properly fitted, they can cause headaches. Typical, poor adjustment or improper use is the reason. Here are some issues that could arise if you’re having this problem:

  • Inadequate sound quality. Poorly adjusted hearing aids can boost the volume of high intensity sound causing a loud irritating feedback that can damage your ears. And low volume sound can get lost with hearing aids in this condition.
  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid may pick up and boost background noise, like wind, which can also trigger annoying, high-pitched feedback noises.
  • Headaches and tinnitus. Hearing aids that are picking up loud sounds and amplifying them further can be painful to your ears and can cause not only headaches but also tinnitus. This usually occurs in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

Even though you can go to a local store and get a less pricey personal amplification device (over the counter hearing aid), these devices will not be programmed for your personal hearing loss requirements.

Hearing loss is distinct to every person so simply amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to improve your hearing. Often, specific wavelengths of sound are lost when a person loses their hearing. In order for a hearing aid help people hear clearly in different environments, they will need precise adjustment.

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted

Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted is the best way to be certain that your device is fitted properly. We will take molds of your ears and use them to make a custom-fitted hearing aid device just for you. The settings will be programmed to address your exact hearing loss situation after the proper fit is obtained.

You should also be able to hear sound in lots of different settings with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. This might require a few visits to ensure you obtain the hearing aid that’s right for you and correct for your lifestyle. If you have severe hearing loss, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be done in stages so that your brain has time to adjust to louder sounds.

Contact us for an appointment if you think your hearing aid might need a tune-up.

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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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