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.

Everyone’s hearing loss condition is unique and hearing aids are designed to compensate for those individual conditions. Whether you are new to wearing hearing aids or have been wearing them for years, if your hearing aids give you headaches or any other type of pain, there is a solution.

If your hearing aid is adjusted properly it will meet your personal needs and fit in your ear comfortably. If this isn’t the situation, you should make certain you have the appropriate type of hearing aid and that it’s been properly adjusted.

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

If your hearing aids are not properly fitted, they can lead to headaches. Typical, inadequate adjustment or incorrect use is the reason. Here are some problems that may arise if you’re having this problem:

  • Inadequate sound quality. Poorly adjusted hearing aids can boost the volume of high intensity sound causing a loud annoying feedback that can damage your ears. And low level sound can get lost with hearing aids in this state.
  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background noise can be picked up and amplified by your hearing aid, also causing screeching frustrating feedback.
  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud sounds that get amplified further can also cause headaches and even tinnitus. Usually, this means the settings are too high.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

While over-the-counter hearing aids, generally known as 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 requirements.

Hearing loss is distinct to every individual so merely amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to improve your hearing. Typically, distinct wavelengths of sound are lost when somebody loses their hearing. In order for a hearing aid help people hear clearly in different environments, they will need accurate adjustment.

Professional hearing aid adjustment

One of the most useful ways to make sure your hearing aid is fitted correctly is to have your personalized hearing aid fitted and adjusted. 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 specific hearing loss situation once the correct fit is obtained.

Your hearing aid should also make automated adjustments, which will let you hear background sounds in various environments without interference. This might require a few visits to ensure you get the hearing aid that’s best for you and in tune with your lifestyle. If you have significant hearing impairment, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be completed 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.


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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