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.

Everyone’s hearing loss condition is unique and hearing aids are manufactured to compensate for those individual conditions. If your hearing aids are causing headaches or any other kind of pain, 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 give you the quality of amplification that meets your specific requirements. If this isn’t the case, you should make sure you have the correct type of hearing aid and that it’s been precisely adjusted.

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

If your hearing aids are not properly fitted, they can cause headaches. Reasons being, they are not being used correctly, or haven’t been adjusted for a while. Here are a few problems that may occur if you’re experiencing this issue:

  • Insufficient sound quality. Hearing aids that aren’t adjusted properly can boost high-intensity sounds, causing a loud screeching sound that’s aggravating and causes injury to your ears. Hearing aids in this state can also make low intensity sounds disappear.
  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud noises that get amplified further can also trigger headaches and even tinnitus. Typically, this means the settings are too high.
  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid might pick up and boost background noise, like wind, which can also trigger irritating, high-pitched feedback noises.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

While over-the-counter hearing aids, commonly known as personal sound amplification devices, are obtainable at your local drug store, and cost less than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be tailored to meet your unique hearing loss requirements.

Hearing loss is distinct to every individual so merely amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to help your hearing. There are many cases 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

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 fashion a custom-fitted hearing aid device just for you. Once the proper fit is obtained, it will be necessary to adjust the hearing aid settings so you can distinguish between unwanted noise and the sounds you want to amplify.

Your hearing aid should also make automatic adjustments, which will allow you to hear background noises in different environments without interference. This may require a few visits to ensure you obtain the hearing aid that’s best for you and correct for your lifestyle. If you have significant hearing loss, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be completed in stages so that your brain has time to adjust to louder sounds.

If you believe you may be dealing with an out of tune hearing aid, contact us today and make 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.