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.

Hearing aids are designed to help make up for your unique hearing loss condition. If your hearing aids are causing headaches or any other type 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 properly adjusted it will meet your personal needs and fit inside of your ear comfortably. If this is not the situation, you should make sure you have the correct type of hearing aid and that it’s been properly adjusted.

Indications your hearing aid needs to an adjustment

If your hearing aids are not properly fitted, they can trigger headaches. Typical, inadequate adjustment or incorrect use is the reason. Here are a few issues that may arise if you’re experiencing this problem:

  • Poor sound quality. Hearing aids that are not adjusted well can amplify high-intensity sounds, generating a loud screeching sound that’s bothersome and causes damage to your ears. Hearing aids in this condition can also make low intensity sounds disappear.
  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background noise 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 amplifying them further can be painful to your ears and can lead to not only headaches but also tinnitus. Typically, this means the settings are too high.

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 cost less than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be tailored to meet your specific hearing loss needs.

Improving your hearing requires more than just amplifying sounds because hearing loss is specific to each person. Often, specific wavelengths of sound are lost when someone loses their hearing. In order for a hearing aid to allow people to hear clearly in different settings, they will need precise adjustment.

Professional hearing aid adjustment

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted is the best way to make sure your device is fitted properly. Custom-fitted hearing aids will be fabricated just for you using molds of your ears. Once the proper fit is attained, it will be necessary to adjust the hearing aid settings so you can distinguish between unwanted noise and the sounds you want to hear.

Your hearing aid should also make automated adjustments, which will allow you to hear background sounds in various settings without interference. In order to make sure you get the right hearing aids for your individual needs, you may need to come in more than once. If you have significant hearing loss, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be completed in stages so that your brain has time to adapt to louder sounds.

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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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