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 meant to help make up for your unique hearing loss condition. If your hearing aids are causing 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.

If your hearing aid is properly adjusted it will meet your individual needs and fit inside of your ear comfortably. 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.

Indications your hearing aid needs to be adjusted

If your hearing aids are not precisely fitted, they can lead to headaches. Reasons being, they are not being used properly, or haven’t been adjusted for a while. Here are some problems that could occur if you’re dealing with this problem:

  • Poor sound quality. Hearing aids that aren’t adjusted well can boost high-intensity sounds, causing a loud screeching sound that’s aggravating and causes damage to your ears. Hearing aids in this condition can also make quieter sounds inaudible.
  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background noise can be picked up and amplified by your hearing aid, also generating screeching frustrating feedback.
  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud noises that get amplified further can also trigger headaches and even tinnitus. Typically, this means the settings are too high.

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 will not be customized for your personal hearing loss requirements.

Improving your hearing demands more than merely amplifying sounds because hearing loss is specific to the individual. There are lots of instances of hearing loss where individuals 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

One of the best ways to make sure your hearing aid is fitted correctly is to have your individualized hearing aid fitted and adjusted. Custom-fitted hearing aids will be designed just for you utilizing molds of your ears. The settings will be adjusted to target your specific hearing loss situation once the proper fit is obtained.

You should also be able to hear sound in many different settings with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. This may require a few visits to make sure you obtain the hearing aid that’s best for you and correct for your lifestyle. If you have severe hearing loss, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be done in stages to allow your brain 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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