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 meant to help compensate for your unique hearing loss problem. Whether you are new to using hearing aids or have been using them for years, if your hearing aids cause headaches or any other type of pain, there is an answer.

A properly 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 make sure your hearing aid is adjusted properly and that it’s the correct device for you.

Indications your hearing aid needs to be adjusted

Headaches can be the result of incorrectly adjusted hearing aids. Reasons being, they are not being used correctly, or haven’t been adjusted for a while. Here are some problems that could arise if you’re dealing with this issue:

  • Insufficient sound quality. Hearing aids that are not adjusted well can boost high-intensity sounds, causing a loud screeching noise that’s aggravating and causes injury to your ears. And low volume sound can get lost with hearing aids in this condition.
  • Headaches and tinnitus. Hearing aids that are picking up loud sounds and further amplifying them can be painful to your ears and can trigger not only headaches but also tinnitus. This normally happens in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.
  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid may pick up and amplify background noise, like wind, which can also result in annoying, high-pitched feedback noises.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

While over-the-counter hearing aids, generally called personal sound amplification devices, are obtainable at your local drug store, and are less expensive than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be tailored to meet your unique hearing loss requirements.

Hearing loss is distinct to every person so merely amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to improve your hearing. There are lots of 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 environments, they will need accurate adjustment.

Professional hearing aid adjustment

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 fashion a custom-fitted hearing aid device just for you. Once the proper fit is attained, we will need to adjust the hearing aid settings so you can differentiate unwanted noise and the sounds you want to amplify.

You should also be capable of hearing sound in many different environments with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. In order to be certain you get the right hearing aids for your individual needs, you may need to come in more than once. If you have severe hearing impairment, 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 schedule 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.