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.

Hearing aids are designed to help make up for your unique hearing loss condition. If your hearing aids are causing headaches or any other type 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 adjusted properly it will meet your personal needs and fit in your ear comfortably. If you’re noticing any pain or discomfort you should make sure your hearing aid is adjusted properly and that it’s the right device for you.

Signs your hearing aid needs to be adjusted

If your hearing aids are not precisely fitted, they can lead to headaches. Typical, inadequate adjustment or improper use is the reason. Here are a few issues that could arise if you’re experiencing this issue:

  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid might pick up and boost background noise, like wind, which can also trigger irritating, high-pitched feedback sounds.
  • Poor sound quality. Improperly adjusted hearing aids can increase the volume of high intensity sound causing a loud annoying feedback that can damage your ears. Hearing aids in this state can also make quieter sounds disappear.
  • 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 high.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

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

Improving your hearing requires more than merely amplifying sounds because hearing loss is unique to the individual. There are lots of cases of hearing loss where people lose the ability to hear a certain frequency. Hearing aid settings have to be adjusted to help the person hear effectively in different environments.

Professional hearing aid adjustment

One of the best ways to make sure your hearing aid is fitted correctly is to have your personalized hearing aid fitted and adjusted. 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 after the proper fit is obtained.

Your hearing aid should also make automated adjustments, which will let you hear background noises in various environments without interference. This might require a few visits to ensure you get the hearing aid that’s right for you and in tune with your lifestyle. 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.

Give us a call for an appointment if you think your hearing aid might need a tune-up.


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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