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 condition is unique and hearing aids are designed to make up for those individual conditions. Whether you are new to using hearing aids or have been using them for years, if your hearing aids give you headaches or any other kind of pain, there is a solution.

A properly adjusted hearing aid will fit comfortably in your ear and provide the quality of amplification that meets your specific requirements. 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.

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

If your hearing aids are not properly fitted, they can lead to headaches. Usually, poor adjustment or improper use is the reason. Here are a few problems that could occur if you’re experiencing this problem:

  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid might pick up and boost background noise, like wind, which can also cause irritating, high-pitched feedback noises.
  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud sounds that are further amplified can also cause headaches and even tinnitus. Usually, this means the settings are too high.
  • Insufficient sound quality. Poorly adjusted hearing aids can boost the volume of high intensity sound causing a loud annoying feedback that can harm your ears. Hearing aids in this condition can also make quieter sounds inaudible.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

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

Improving your hearing requires more than just amplifying sounds because hearing loss is unique to each person. Often, specific wavelengths of sound are lost when somebody loses their hearing. In order for a hearing aid help people hear clearly in different settings, they will need accurate adjustment.

Professional hearing aid adjustment

Having 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 adjusted to address your specific hearing loss situation once the proper fit is attained.

Your hearing aid should also make automated adjustments, which will let you hear background noises in different environments without interference. This may require a few visits to ensure you get the hearing aid that’s right for you and in tune with your lifestyle. And with severe hearing loss, your brain will need to become accustomed to hearing again in stages, so your hearing aid will need to be programmed in stages.

If you think you might be dealing with an out of tune hearing aid, call us 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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