Can Hearing Aids Cause Headaches?

A distraught senior man sitting on his couch suffering from a headache because his hearing aids were not properly adjusted.

Hearing aids are designed to help compensate for your unique hearing loss condition. If your hearing aids are giving you headaches or any other kind of pain, whether you’ve been wearing 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 give you the quality of amplification that meets your individual requirements. If you’re experiencing 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 an adjustment

If your hearing aids are not precisely fitted, they can trigger headaches. Usually, poor adjustment or incorrect use is the reason. Here are some issues that may arise if you’re having this issue:

  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud noises that get amplified further can also cause headaches and even tinnitus. Normally, this means the settings are too high.
  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid might pick up and boost background noise, such as wind, which can also cause irritating, high-pitched feedback noises.
  • Insufficient sound quality. Poorly adjusted hearing aids can boost 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

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

Improving your hearing requires more than merely amplifying sounds because hearing loss is unique to the individual. Typically, distinct frequencies of sound are lost when somebody loses their hearing. In order for a hearing aid help people hear clearly in different environments, they will need precise adjustment.

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted

Having 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 after the proper fit is obtained.

Your hearing aid should also make automatic adjustments, which will allow you to hear background sounds in various environments without interference. This might require a few visits to ensure you obtain the hearing aid that’s best for you and in tune with your lifestyle. If you have severe hearing loss, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be completed in stages to allow your brain time to adapt to louder sounds.

If you believe you might be dealing with an out of tune hearing aid, contact 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.