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 designed to compensate for those individual conditions. Whether you are new to using hearing aids or have been using them for years, if your hearing aids give you headaches or any other type of pain, there is a solution.

If your hearing aid is properly adjusted it will meet your individual needs and fit in your ear comfortably. If this isn’t the case, you should make sure you have the appropriate type of hearing aid and that it’s been properly adjusted.

Your hearing aid needs to be adjusted if you experience any of these signs

If your hearing aids are not properly fitted, they can cause headaches. Typical, poor adjustment or incorrect use is the reason. Here are some issues that could occur if you’re dealing with this problem:

  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud noises that get amplified further can also trigger headaches and even tinnitus. Usually, this means the settings are too high.
  • Insufficient sound quality. Poorly adjusted hearing aids can boost the volume of high intensity sound causing a loud irritating feedback that can harm your ears. And low intensity sound can get lost with hearing aids in this condition.
  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background sound can be picked up and boosted by your hearing aid, also producing screeching annoying feedback.

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 won’t be programmed for your personal hearing loss needs.

Improving your hearing demands more than simply amplifying sounds because hearing loss is unique to each person. There are lots of instances of hearing loss in which people lose the ability to hear a specific frequency. In order for a hearing aid help people hear clearly in different environments, they will need accurate adjustment.

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted

One of the best ways to ensure your hearing aid is properly fitted is to have your personalized 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 proper fit is attained, we will need to adjust the hearing aid settings so you can differentiate unwanted noise and the sounds you want to hear.

Your hearing aid should also make automatic adjustments, which will allow you to hear background noises in various environments without interference. This might require a few visits to make sure you get the hearing aid that’s right for you and correct for your lifestyle. If you have significant hearing loss, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be done in stages to allow your brain time to adapt to louder sounds.

Call us for an appointment if you think your hearing aid might need a tune-up.


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.