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 kind of pain, there is an answer.

A correctly adjusted hearing aid will fit comfortably in your ear and provide the quality of amplification that meets your individual requirements. If you’re suffering from any pain or discomfort you should make sure your hearing aid is adjusted precisely and that it’s the correct device for you.

Your hearing aid needs to be adjusted if you detect any of these signs

If your hearing aids are not properly fitted, they can trigger headaches. Typical, poor adjustment or incorrect use is the reason. Here are a few problems that could arise if you’re experiencing this problem:

  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background sound can be picked up and amplified by your hearing aid, also causing screeching frustrating feedback.
  • 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 also tinnitus. Usually, this means the settings are too loud.
  • Inadequate sound quality. Poorly 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 low intensity sounds disappear.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

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

Improving your hearing demands more than merely amplifying sounds because hearing loss is specific to the individual. Typically, specific wavelengths of sound are lost when someone loses their hearing. Hearing aid settings have to be adjusted to allow the individual to be able to hear effectively in different settings.

Professional hearing aid adjustment

Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted is the best way to make sure your device is correctly fitted. We will take molds of your ears and use them to make 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 differentiate unwanted noise and the sounds you want to amplify.

Your hearing aid should also make automated adjustments, which will allow you to hear background noises in a variety of environments without interference. In order to make sure you get the best hearing aids for your personal needs, you might need to come in more than once. If you have significant hearing loss, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be completed in stages to allow your brain time to adapt to louder sounds.

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

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.

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