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 using them for years or you’re a new user, there’s a solution.

If your hearing aid is adjusted properly it will meet your individual needs and fit inside of your ear comfortably. If you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort you should make sure your hearing aid is adjusted properly and that it’s the right device for you.

Signs your hearing aid needs to an adjustment

Headaches can be the outcome of incorrectly adjusted hearing aids. Typical, inadequate adjustment or incorrect use is the reason. If this is the case, the following problems may arise:

  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud noises that are further amplified can also trigger headaches and even tinnitus. Normally, this means the settings are too loud.
  • Inadequate sound quality. Hearing aids that aren’t adjusted well can amplify high-intensity sounds, causing a loud screeching sound that’s bothersome and causes damage to your ears. Hearing aids in this state can also make low intensity sounds disappear.
  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background sound can be picked up and amplified by your hearing aid, also producing screeching frustrating feedback.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

While over-the-counter hearing aids, typically called personal sound amplification devices, are obtainable at your local drug store, and are less expensive than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be tailored to meet your unique hearing loss needs.

Hearing loss is unique to every individual so merely amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to help your hearing. There are lots of cases of hearing loss in which people lose the ability to hear a specific frequency. In order for a hearing aid to allow people to hear clearly in different environments, they will need accurate adjustment.

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted

Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted is the best way to be certain that 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. 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.

You should also be capable of hearing sound in lots of different environments with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. In order to make sure you get the best hearing aids for your individual needs, you may need to come in more than once. And with severe hearing loss, your brain will need to get used to hearing again in stages, so your hearing aid will need to be programmed in stages.

Contact us for an appointment if you think your hearing aid might 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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