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 condition is unique and hearing aids are designed to compensate for those individual conditions. If your hearing aids are giving you headaches or any other type 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 this is not the situation, you should make certain you have the correct type of hearing aid and that it’s been precisely adjusted.

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

If your hearing aids are not precisely fitted, they can cause headaches. Reasons being, they are not being used correctly, or haven’t been adjusted for a while. If this is the case, the following issues may arise:

  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud sounds that get amplified further can also cause headaches and even tinnitus. Typically, this means the settings are too loud.
  • Poor sound quality. Hearing aids that are not adjusted well can amplify high-intensity sounds, creating a loud screeching sound that is aggravating and causes damage to your ears. Hearing aids in this state can also make quieter sounds disappear.
  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid may pick up and amplify background noise, like wind, which can also cause irritating, high-pitched feedback noises.

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 customized for your personal hearing loss requirements.

Improving your hearing requires more than simply amplifying sounds because hearing loss is specific to each person. There are lots of cases 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.

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted is the best way to make sure your device is correctly fitted. Custom-fitted hearing aids will be fabricated just for you utilizing molds of your ears. The settings will be programmed to address your specific hearing loss situation after the proper fit is attained.

You should also be capable of hearing sound in lots of different environments with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. This might require a few visits to make sure you get the hearing aid that’s right 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 adjust 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

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