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 make up for your unique hearing loss problem. If your hearing aids are causing headaches or any other kind of discomfort, whether you’ve been using 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 provide the quality of amplification that meets your specific requirements. If this is not the situation, you should make certain you have the appropriate type of hearing aid and that it’s been precisely adjusted.

Indications your hearing aid needs to be adjusted

If your hearing aids are not precisely fitted, they can trigger headaches. Usually, inadequate adjustment or incorrect use is the reason. If this is the case, the following issues might arise:

  • Headaches and tinnitus. Loud sounds that are further amplified can also cause headaches and even tinnitus. This usually happens in hearing aids with internal control settings that have been set too high.
  • Feedback noise. Your hearing aid may pick up and boost background noise, like wind, which can also result in annoying, high-pitched feedback sounds.
  • Inadequate sound quality. Hearing aids that aren’t adjusted well can amplify high-intensity sounds, causing a loud screeching sound that’s aggravating and causes injury to your ears. And low level sound can get lost with hearing aids in this condition.

Over-the-counter hearing aids

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

Hearing loss is unique to every person so merely amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to help your hearing. There are many instances of hearing loss in which people lose the ability to hear a certain frequency. Hearing aid settings have to be programmed to help the person hear effectively in different settings.

Professional hearing aid adjustment

One of the best ways to make sure your hearing aid is properly fitted is to have your individualized hearing aid fitted and adjusted. We will take molds of your ears and use them to fashion a custom-fitted hearing aid device just for you. The settings will be adjusted to target your specific hearing loss situation after the correct fit is obtained.

Your hearing aid should also make automated adjustments, which will let you hear background noises in a variety of settings without interference. In order to be certain you get the right hearing aids for your individual needs, you may need to come in more than once. And with significant hearing loss, your brain will need to become accustomed to hearing again in stages, so your hearing aid will need to be programmed in stages.

Call 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.