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.

Everybody’s hearing loss condition is unique and hearing aids are designed to make up for those individual conditions. If your hearing aids are giving you headaches or any other kind 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 individual needs and fit in your ear comfortably. If you’re suffering from 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 be adjusted

If your hearing aids are not precisely fitted, they can trigger headaches. Normally, inadequate adjustment or incorrect use is the reason. If this is the situation, the following issues might arise:

  • 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. Normally, this means the settings are too loud.
  • Poor sound quality. Hearing aids that aren’t adjusted properly can amplify high-intensity sounds, creating a loud screeching noise that is bothersome and causes damage to your ears. Hearing aids in this condition can also make low intensity sounds inaudible.
  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background noise can be picked up and amplified by your hearing aid, also causing screeching frustrating feedback.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

Even though you can go to a local store and get a less pricey personal amplification device (over the counter hearing aid), these devices won’t be programmed for your personal hearing loss needs.

Improving your hearing requires more than just amplifying sounds because hearing loss is unique to the individual. There are lots of cases of hearing loss in which people lose the ability to hear a specific frequency. In order for a hearing aid to allow people to hear clearly in different settings, they will need precise adjustment.

Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted

One of the most useful ways to make sure your hearing aid is fitted correctly is to have your customized 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. The settings will be adjusted to target your exact hearing loss situation once the proper fit is attained.

You should also be able to hear sound in lots of different settings with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. This might require a few visits to make sure you get the hearing aid that’s best for you and in tune with your lifestyle. If you have severe 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 think you may be dealing with an out of tune hearing aid, call us today and make an appointment to get 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.