Can Headaches be Triggered by Hearing Aids?

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

Hearing aids are intended to help compensate for your individual hearing loss condition. If your hearing aids are giving you headaches or any other kind of pain, whether you’ve been wearing them for years or you’re a new user, there’s a solution.

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

Signs your hearing aid needs to be adjusted

If your hearing aids are not precisely fitted, they can trigger headaches. Typical, inadequate adjustment or improper use is the reason. Here are a few issues that may occur if you’re experiencing this problem:

  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid may pick up and boost background noise, like wind, which can also cause irritating, high-pitched feedback noises.
  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud sounds that get amplified further can also trigger headaches and even tinnitus. This usually happens in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.
  • Poor sound quality. Hearing aids that aren’t adjusted properly can boost high-intensity sounds, generating a loud screeching noise that’s aggravating and causes injury to your ears. And low level sound can get lost with hearing aids in this condition.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

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

Hearing loss is distinct to every person so merely amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to improve your hearing. There are lots of cases of hearing loss in which people lose the ability to hear a certain frequency. In order for a hearing aid help people hear clearly in different settings, they will need accurate adjustment.

Professional hearing aid adjustment

One of the best ways to make sure your hearing aid is properly fitted is to have your personalized hearing aid fitted and adjusted. We will take molds of your ears and use them to fashion a custom-fitted hearing aid device just for you. The settings will be adjusted to target your specific hearing loss situation once the proper fit is obtained.

You should also be capable of hearing sound in lots of different environments with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. In order to make sure you get the right hearing aids for your individual needs, you might need to come in more than once. And with significant hearing loss, your brain will need to get used 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, contact us today and make an appointment to get 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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