Can Hearing Aids Lead to Headaches?

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 make up for your unique hearing loss problem. If your hearing aids are causing headaches or any other kind of discomfort, whether you’ve been using them for years or you’re a new user, there’s a solution.

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

Signs your hearing aid needs to be adjusted

If your hearing aids are not properly fitted, they can cause headaches. 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 issues may occur:

  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud noises that are further amplified can also cause headaches and even tinnitus. Usually, this means the settings are too high.
  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid may pick up and boost background noise, like wind, which can also cause annoying, high-pitched feedback sounds.
  • Inadequate sound quality. Hearing aids that are not adjusted properly can boost high-intensity sounds, generating a loud screeching sound that’s aggravating and causes injury to your ears. And low level sound can get lost with hearing aids in this condition.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

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

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

Getting 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 make 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 obtained.

Your hearing aid should also make automatic adjustments, which will let you hear background noises in a variety of environments without interference. This may require a few visits to ensure you get the hearing aid that’s right for you and in tune with your lifestyle. And with severe hearing loss, your brain will need to get used to hearing again in stages, so your hearing aid will need to be programmed in stages.

Give us a call 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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