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.

Everyone’s hearing loss situation is unique and hearing aids are manufactured to make up for those unique conditions. Whether you are new to wearing hearing aids or have been wearing 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 provide the quality of amplification that meets your individual needs. If you’re experiencing 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

Headaches can be the result of incorrectly adjusted hearing aids. The reason for this is that they are not being used correctly, or haven’t been adjusted for a long time. If this is the situation, the following problems may arise:

  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud sounds that get amplified further can also trigger headaches and even tinnitus. This normally happens in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.
  • Poor sound quality. Hearing aids that are not adjusted properly can boost high-intensity sounds, causing a loud screeching noise that’s bothersome and causes damage to your ears. Hearing aids in this state can also make quieter sounds inaudible.
  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background sound can be picked up and amplified by your hearing aid, also generating screeching annoying feedback.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

While over-the-counter hearing aids, commonly known 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 unique hearing loss needs.

Improving your hearing demands more than just amplifying sounds because hearing loss is unique to each person. There are lots of cases of hearing loss where individuals lose the ability to hear a specific frequency. In order for a hearing aid to allow people to hear clearly in different environments, they will need accurate 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 personalized hearing aid fitted and adjusted. We will take molds of your ears and use them to make a custom-fitted hearing aid device just for you. Once the right fit is obtained, it will be necessary to adjust the hearing aid settings so you can differentiate unwanted noise and the sounds you want to hear.

Your hearing aid should also make automated adjustments, which will allow you to hear background noises in different environments without interference. This may require a few visits to make sure you obtain 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 so that your brain has time to adjust to louder sounds.

If you believe you may be dealing with an out of tune hearing aid, give us a call today and make an appointment to get it assessed.


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.