Can Headaches be Caused 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 designed to help make up for your unique hearing loss condition. If your hearing aids are giving you headaches or any other kind of discomfort, 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 individual needs and fit in your ear comfortably. If you’re encountering any pain or discomfort you should make sure 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. Typical, inadequate adjustment or improper use is the reason. If this is the situation, the following issues might occur:

  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid may pick up and boost background noise, like wind, which can also trigger annoying, high-pitched feedback noises.
  • Headaches and tinnitus. Hearing aids that are picking up loud sounds and further amplifying them can be painful to your ears and can cause not only headaches but tinnitus as well. Usually, 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 annoying feedback that can damage 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, typically referred to as personal sound amplification devices, are available at your local drug store, and cost less than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be tailored to meet your distinct hearing loss needs.

Improving your hearing demands more than just amplifying sounds because hearing loss is unique to the individual. There are many instances of hearing loss where 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 precise adjustment.

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted

One of the most useful ways to ensure your hearing aid is fitted correctly is to have your individualized 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. Once the ideal fit is obtained, 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 automated adjustments, which will let you hear background sounds in different environments without interference. In order to be certain you get the right hearing aids for your personal needs, you may need to come in more than once. If you have significant hearing loss, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be completed in stages so that your brain has time to adapt to louder sounds.

If you think 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.

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.