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.

Everybody’s hearing loss condition is unique and hearing aids are manufactured to make up for those individual conditions. Whether you are new to wearing hearing aids or have been wearing them for years, if your hearing aids give you headaches or any other type 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 situation, you should make certain you have the correct type of hearing aid and that it’s been precisely adjusted.

Your hearing aid needs to be adjusted if you experience any of these signs

If your hearing aids are not precisely fitted, they can trigger headaches. Usually, inadequate adjustment or incorrect use is the reason. If this is the case, the following problems might arise:

  • 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 tinnitus as well. This typically happens in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.
  • Insufficient sound quality. Hearing aids that aren’t adjusted well can amplify high-intensity sounds, generating a loud screeching sound that is bothersome and causes injury to your ears. Hearing aids in this condition can also make low intensity sounds disappear.
  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background sound can be picked up and amplified by your hearing aid, also generating screeching frustrating feedback.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

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

Improving your hearing demands more than merely amplifying sounds because hearing loss is specific to each person. Often, distinct wavelengths of sound are lost when a person loses their hearing. In order for a hearing aid to allow people to hear clearly in different environments, they will need accurate adjustment.

Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted

Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted is the best way to make sure your device is fitted properly. Custom-fitted hearing aids will be designed just for you using molds of your ears. The settings will be programmed to address your exact hearing loss situation once the proper fit is obtained.

You should also be able to hear sound in many 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 right for you and in tune with your lifestyle. If you have severe hearing impairment, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be done in stages to allow your brain time to adapt to louder sounds.

Give us a call for an appointment if you think your hearing aid may need a tune-up.


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