Can Hearing Aids Cause Headaches?

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 unique hearing loss problem. If your hearing aids are causing headaches or any other type 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 properly adjusted it will meet your personal needs and fit inside of your ear comfortably. If you’re noticing any pain or discomfort you should ensure that your hearing aid is adjusted properly and that it’s the right device for you.

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

Headaches can be the result of incorrectly adjusted hearing aids. Usually, inadequate adjustment or incorrect use is the reason. If this is the case, the following issues might occur:

  • Headaches and tinnitus. Hearing aids that are picking up loud sounds and amplifying them further can be painful to your ears and can trigger not only headaches but tinnitus as well. Usually, this means the settings are too loud.
  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid might pick up and boost background noise, like wind, which can also trigger annoying, high-pitched feedback sounds.
  • Poor sound quality. Hearing aids that are not adjusted well can boost high-intensity sounds, generating a loud screeching noise that’s aggravating and causes damage to your ears. Hearing aids in this condition can also make low intensity sounds disappear.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

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

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

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted

One of the best ways to ensure your hearing aid is properly fitted is to have your individualized hearing aid fitted and adjusted. We will take molds of your ears and use them to make a custom-fitted hearing aid device just for you. Once the ideal fit is obtained, we will need to adjust the hearing aid settings so you can differentiate unwanted noise and the sounds you want to hear.

You should also be able to hear sound in lots of different environments with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. In order to be certain you get the right hearing aids for your personal needs, you might need to come in more than once. If you have significant hearing loss, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be done in stages to allow your brain time to adapt to louder sounds.

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

References

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hearing-loss/symptoms-causes/syc-20373072
https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing-aids#hearingaid_08

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.