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.

Hearing aids are meant to help compensate for your individual hearing loss condition. Whether you are new to wearing hearing aids or have been using them for years, if your hearing aids give you headaches or any other kind of pain, there is an answer.

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

Signs your hearing aid needs to an adjustment

If your hearing aids are not precisely fitted, they can lead to headaches. The reason for this is that they are not being used properly, or haven’t been adjusted for a while. Here are a few problems that could occur if you’re dealing with this problem:

  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background sound can be picked up and boosted by your hearing aid, also causing screeching frustrating feedback.
  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud sounds that are further amplified can also trigger headaches and even tinnitus. Normally, this means the settings are too high.
  • Poor sound quality. Poorly adjusted hearing aids can boost the volume of high intensity sound causing a loud irritating feedback that can harm your ears. And low volume sound can get lost with hearing aids in this state.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

While over-the-counter hearing aids, generally known as personal sound amplification devices, are available at your local drug store, and are less expensive than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be customized to meet your distinct hearing loss needs.

Improving your hearing demands more than just amplifying sounds because hearing loss is unique to each person. There are many cases of hearing loss in which individuals lose the ability to hear a certain frequency. In order for a hearing aid to allow people to hear clearly in different settings, they will need accurate adjustment.

Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted is the best way to be certain that your device is correctly fitted. 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, it will be necessary to adjust the hearing aid settings so you can distinguish between unwanted noise and the sounds you want to hear.

Your hearing aid should also make automatic adjustments, which will let you hear background sounds in a variety of settings without interference. In order to be certain you get the right hearing aids for your individual needs, you may need to come in more than once. If you have severe hearing loss, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be done in stages to allow your brain time to adapt to louder sounds.

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


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