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 designed to help make up 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 a solution.

A properly adjusted hearing aid will fit comfortably in your ear and give you the quality of amplification that meets your specific needs. If you’re noticing any pain or discomfort you should ensure that your hearing aid is adjusted precisely and that it’s the right device for you.

Indications your hearing aid needs to an adjustment

Headaches can be the result of improperly adjusted hearing aids. Reasons being, they are not being used correctly, or haven’t been adjusted for a long time. Here are some issues that may arise if you’re dealing with this problem:

  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud sounds that get amplified further can also cause headaches and even tinnitus. Typically, this means the settings are too loud.
  • Poor sound quality. Hearing aids that aren’t adjusted well can boost high-intensity sounds, generating a loud screeching sound that’s bothersome and causes damage to your ears. Hearing aids in this condition can also make quieter sounds disappear.
  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background noise can be picked up and boosted by your hearing aid, also generating screeching frustrating feedback.

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 won’t 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. Often, distinct frequencies of sound are lost when a person loses their hearing. In order for a hearing aid help people hear clearly in different environments, they will need accurate adjustment.

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted is the best way to be certain that your device is fitted properly. Custom-fitted hearing aids will be fabricated just for you using molds of your ears. Once the proper fit is attained, it will be necessary to adjust the hearing aid settings so you can differentiate unwanted noise and the sounds you want to amplify.

You should also be capable of hearing sound in lots of different environments with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. In order to be certain you get the best 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.

If you believe you may be suffering from an out of tune hearing aid, give us a call 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.