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.

Everyone’s hearing loss situation is unique and hearing aids are designed to make up for those unique conditions. 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 type of pain, there is a solution.

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

Signs your hearing aid needs to an adjustment

Headaches can be the result of incorrectly adjusted hearing aids. Typical, poor adjustment or incorrect use is the reason. Here are some problems that could arise if you’re experiencing this problem:

  • Insufficient sound quality. Improperly adjusted hearing aids can boost the volume of high intensity sound causing a loud irritating feedback that can damage your ears. And low volume sound can get lost with hearing aids in this state.
  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid may pick up and boost background noise, like wind, which can also cause irritating, high-pitched feedback sounds.
  • 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. Typically, this means the settings are too loud.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

While over-the-counter hearing aids, commonly referred to as personal sound amplification devices, are available at your local drug store, and are less expensive than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be tailored to meet your specific hearing loss requirements.

Improving your hearing demands more than merely amplifying sounds because hearing loss is unique to each person. 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 settings, they will need precise 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 fabricated just for you using molds of your ears. The settings will be adjusted to address your exact hearing loss situation once the correct fit is attained.

You should also be able to hear sound in lots of different environments with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. In order to make sure you get the best hearing aids for your personal needs, you may 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 suffering from an out of tune hearing aid, give us a call today and make an appointment to have it assessed.

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.

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