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.

Everybody’s hearing loss situation is unique and hearing aids are designed to make up for those unique conditions. If your hearing aids are giving you headaches or any other type of discomfort, whether you’ve been wearing them for years or you’re a new user, there’s a solution.

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

Your hearing aid requires adjustment if you detect any of these signs

Headaches can be the outcome of poorly adjusted hearing aids. Usually, poor adjustment or incorrect use is the reason. If this is the situation, the following issues may arise:

  • Poor sound quality. Hearing aids that are not adjusted properly can amplify high-intensity sounds, creating a loud screeching sound that’s bothersome and causes injury to your ears. And low intensity sound can get lost with hearing aids in this state.
  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud sounds that get amplified further can also cause headaches and even tinnitus. Normally, this means the settings are too loud.
  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background sound can be picked up and amplified by your hearing aid, also causing screeching frustrating feedback.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

Even though you can go to a local Pharmacy 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.

Hearing loss is distinct to every individual so merely amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to improve your hearing. There are many instances of hearing loss in which people lose the ability to hear a certain frequency. Hearing aid settings have to be programmed to allow the individual to be able to hear effectively in different environments.

Professional hearing aid adjustment

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted is the best way to make sure your device is correctly fitted. Custom-fitted hearing aids will be designed just for you utilizing molds of your ears. Once the ideal fit is obtained, we will need to adjust the hearing aid settings so you can distinguish between unwanted noise and the sounds you want to amplify.

You should also be capable of hearing sound in many different settings with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. In order to make sure you get the best hearing aids for your personal needs, you may need to come in more than once. If you have severe hearing loss, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be done in stages so that your brain has time to adapt to louder sounds.

Contact us for an appointment if you think your hearing aid may 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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