Can Headaches be Triggered 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 situation is unique and hearing aids are manufactured to make up for those individual conditions. 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.

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 noticing any pain or discomfort you should ensure that your hearing aid is adjusted precisely and that it’s the right device for you.

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

Headaches can be the result of poorly adjusted hearing aids. Usually, poor adjustment or improper use is the reason. Here are some problems that could occur if you’re having this issue:

  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background sound can be picked up and boosted by your hearing aid, also causing screeching frustrating feedback.
  • Headaches and tinnitus. Hearing aids that are picking up loud sounds and further amplifying them can be painful to your ears and can cause not only headaches but also tinnitus. Typically, this means the settings are too high.
  • Inadequate sound quality. Hearing aids that aren’t adjusted well can boost high-intensity sounds, causing a loud screeching sound that is bothersome and causes damage to your ears. And low intensity sound can get lost with hearing aids in this state.

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. Often, distinct wavelengths of sound are lost when somebody loses their hearing. In order for a hearing aid help people hear clearly in different settings, they will need precise adjustment.

Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted

Getting 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 programmed to address your exact hearing loss situation after the correct fit is attained.

You should also be able to hear sound in many different environments with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. 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 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 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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