Can Headaches be Triggered by Hearing Aids?

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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 designed to compensate for those unique conditions. Whether you are new to using hearing aids or have been using them for years, if your hearing aids cause headaches or any other kind of pain, there is an answer.

A properly adjusted hearing aid will fit comfortably in your ear and provide the quality of amplification that meets your individual needs. If you’re suffering from any pain or discomfort you should ensure that your hearing aid is adjusted precisely and that it’s the correct device for you.

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

If your hearing aids are not precisely fitted, they can cause headaches. Normally, inadequate adjustment or improper use is the reason. Here are some problems that may occur if you’re dealing with this issue:

  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud noises that are further amplified can also trigger headaches and even tinnitus. Normally, this means the settings are too high.
  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background noise can be picked up and boosted by your hearing aid, also producing screeching frustrating feedback.
  • Poor sound quality. Poorly adjusted hearing aids can boost the volume of high intensity sound causing a loud annoying feedback that can damage your ears. Hearing aids in this condition can also make quieter sounds inaudible.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

While over-the-counter hearing aids, commonly known as personal sound amplification devices, are obtainable at your local pharmacy, and are less expensive than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be customized to meet your specific hearing loss needs.

Improving your hearing demands more than merely amplifying sounds because hearing loss is specific to the individual. Typically, specific frequencies of sound are lost when someone loses their hearing. Hearing aid settings have to be adjusted to help the person hear effectively in different environments.

Professional hearing aid adjustment

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted is the best way to be certain that your device is correctly fitted. Custom-fitted hearing aids will be fabricated just for you utilizing molds of your ears. Once the right fit is attained, we will need to adjust the hearing aid settings so you can distinguish between unwanted noise and the sounds you want to amplify.

You should also be able to hear sound in many different settings with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. In order to be certain you get the right 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.

If you think you might be dealing with an out of tune hearing aid, give us a call today and make an appointment to get it assessed.

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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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