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 intended to help compensate for your individual hearing loss condition. Whether you are new to using hearing aids or have been wearing them for years, if your hearing aids cause headaches or any other type of pain, there is a solution.

If your hearing aid is adjusted properly it will meet your personal 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.

Signs your hearing aid needs to be adjusted

If your hearing aids are not precisely fitted, they can lead to headaches. Normally, inadequate adjustment or improper 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 trigger not only headaches but also tinnitus. This usually happens in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.
  • Poor sound quality. Poorly adjusted hearing aids can increase the volume of high intensity sound causing a loud annoying feedback that can damage your ears. And low volume sound can get lost with hearing aids in this state.
  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid might pick up and boost background noise, like wind, which can also cause irritating, high-pitched feedback sounds.

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 will not be customized for your personal hearing loss requirements.

Hearing loss is unique to every person so merely amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to improve your hearing. There are many cases of hearing loss in which people lose the ability to hear a specific frequency. Hearing aid settings have to be adjusted to help the person hear adequately in different settings.

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted

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 fashion a custom-fitted hearing aid device just for you. The settings will be adjusted to target your exact hearing loss situation once the correct fit is attained.

You should also be able to hear sound in lots of 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. And with significant hearing loss, your brain will need to become accustomed to hearing again in stages, so your hearing aid will need to be programmed in stages.

If you think you might be suffering from an out of tune hearing aid, call us today and schedule an appointment to have 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.