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.

Everyone’s hearing loss condition is unique and hearing aids are manufactured to compensate for those unique conditions. Whether you are new to wearing 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.

A properly adjusted hearing aid will fit comfortably in your ear and give you the quality of amplification that meets your individual requirements. If this is not the situation, you should make certain you have the correct type of hearing aid and that it’s been precisely adjusted.

Signs your hearing aid needs to an adjustment

If your hearing aids are not properly fitted, they can cause headaches. Reasons being, they are not being used properly, or haven’t been adjusted for a long time. If this is the case, the following issues might occur:

  • Headaches and tinnitus. Hearing aids that are picking up loud sounds and amplifying them further can be painful to your ears and can lead to not only headaches but also tinnitus. This typically happens in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.
  • Insufficient sound quality. Hearing aids that aren’t adjusted properly can boost high-intensity sounds, creating a loud screeching sound that is bothersome and causes injury to your ears. Hearing aids in this condition can also make low intensity sounds inaudible.
  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid may pick up and amplify background noise, such as wind, which can also cause annoying, 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 programmed for your personal hearing loss needs.

Hearing loss is unique to every individual so merely amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to help your hearing. There are lots of instances of hearing loss in which individuals lose the ability to hear a certain frequency. Hearing aid settings have to be adjusted to allow the individual to be able to hear adequately in different settings.

Professional hearing aid adjustment

One of the best ways to make sure your hearing aid is fitted correctly is to have your individualized 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 right fit is attained, we will need to adjust the hearing aid settings so you can distinguish between unwanted noise and the sounds you want to hear.

Your hearing aid should also make automatic adjustments, which will let you hear background sounds in different environments without interference. This might require a few visits to make sure you obtain the hearing aid that’s best for you and correct for your lifestyle. If you have severe hearing impairment, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be done in stages so that your brain has time to adapt to louder sounds.

If you believe you may be dealing with an out of tune hearing aid, call us today and make an appointment to have it checked out.

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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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