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.

Hearing aids are meant to help compensate for your unique hearing loss problem. Whether you are new to wearing 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 experiencing any pain or discomfort you should make sure your hearing aid is adjusted properly and that it’s the correct device for you.

Indications your hearing aid needs to be adjusted

If your hearing aids are not precisely 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 having this problem:

  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background noise can be picked up and amplified by your hearing aid, also producing screeching frustrating feedback.
  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud sounds that are further amplified can also cause headaches and even tinnitus. This normally occurs in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.
  • Inadequate sound quality. Hearing aids that are not adjusted properly can amplify high-intensity sounds, causing a loud screeching sound that’s bothersome and causes injury to your ears. Hearing aids in this condition can also make low intensity sounds inaudible.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

While over-the-counter hearing aids, generally referred to as personal sound amplification devices, are available at your local pharmacy, and cost less than prescription hearing aids, they won’t be tailored to meet your unique hearing loss needs.

Improving your hearing demands more than merely amplifying sounds because hearing loss is specific to the individual. There are lots of instances 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 precise adjustment.

Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted

One of the most useful ways to make sure your hearing aid is properly fitted 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. Once the proper fit is attained, it will be necessary to adjust the hearing aid settings so you can differentiate unwanted noise and the sounds you want to amplify.

You should also be capable of hearing sound in many different environments with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. In order to make sure you get the right hearing aids for your individual needs, you might need to come in more than once. If you have significant hearing loss, the adjustments to your hearing aid will be done in stages to allow your brain time to adapt to louder sounds.

If you think you might be suffering from an out of tune hearing aid, contact us today and schedule an appointment to have it checked out.


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.