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 make up for your unique hearing loss problem. 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.

A correctly adjusted hearing aid will fit comfortably in your ear and give you the quality of amplification that meets your specific needs. If you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort you should ensure that 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 lead to headaches. Usually, inadequate adjustment or improper use is the reason. Here are a few issues that could arise if you’re experiencing this problem:

  • Feedback noise. Wind and other background noise can be picked up and boosted by your hearing aid, also producing screeching annoying feedback.
  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud sounds that get amplified further can also trigger headaches and even tinnitus. This normally happens in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.
  • Poor sound quality. Poorly adjusted hearing aids can increase the volume of high intensity sound causing a loud irritating feedback that can harm your ears. And low level sound can get lost with hearing aids in this state.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

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

Hearing loss is unique to every person so simply amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to improve your hearing. There are many cases of hearing loss where people lose the ability to hear a certain frequency. In order for a hearing aid help people hear clearly in different environments, they will need precise adjustment.

Having your hearing aid professionally adjusted

One of the best ways to make sure your hearing aid is fitted correctly is to have your customized hearing aid fitted and adjusted. Custom-fitted hearing aids will be fabricated just for you utilizing molds of your ears. The settings will be programmed to address your specific hearing loss situation after the correct fit is obtained.

You should also be able to hear sound in lots of different environments with automated adjustments made by your hearing aids. This may require a few visits to make sure you get the hearing aid that’s right for you and correct for your lifestyle. And with severe hearing loss, your brain will need to become accustomed to hearing again in stages, so your hearing aid will have to be programmed in stages.

Call us for an appointment if you think your hearing aid might 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.