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.

Hearing aids are designed to help compensate for your individual hearing loss problem. If your hearing aids are giving you headaches or any other type of discomfort, whether you’ve been wearing them for years or you’re a new user, there’s a solution.

A correctly adjusted hearing aid will fit comfortably in your ear and give you the quality of amplification that meets your individual needs. If this isn’t the case, you should make sure you have the correct type of hearing aid and that it’s been properly adjusted.

Signs your hearing aid needs to an adjustment

Headaches can be the outcome of improperly adjusted hearing aids. Typical, inadequate adjustment or incorrect use is the reason. Here are some problems that could occur if you’re experiencing this issue:

  • Headaches and tinnitus. Hearing aids that are picking up loud sounds and amplifying them further can be painful to your ears and can cause not only headaches but tinnitus as well. Usually, this means the settings are too high.
  • Inadequate sound quality. Hearing aids that aren’t adjusted properly can boost high-intensity sounds, creating a loud screeching noise that’s aggravating and causes injury to your ears. And low level sound can get lost with hearing aids in this state.
  • 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

Even though you can go to a local store and get a less pricey personal amplification device (over the counter hearing aid), these devices will not be programmed for your personal hearing loss requirements.

Improving your hearing requires more than just amplifying sounds because hearing loss is unique to the individual. Typically, distinct frequencies of sound are lost when somebody loses their hearing. Hearing aid settings have to be adjusted to allow the individual to be able to hear effectively in different settings.

Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted

Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted is the best way to be certain that your device is fitted properly. Custom-fitted hearing aids will be designed just for you utilizing molds of your ears. The settings will be programmed to address your exact hearing loss situation after the correct fit is attained.

Your hearing aid should also make automatic adjustments, which will let you hear background sounds in different settings without interference. This might require a few visits to make sure you get the hearing aid that’s best for you and correct for 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 adjust to louder sounds.

If you think you may be suffering from an out of tune hearing aid, contact us today and make an appointment to have it assessed.

References

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hearing-loss/symptoms-causes/syc-20373072
https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing-aids#hearingaid_08

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