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If Your Hearing Aid Is Giving You a Headache, It May Need To Be Adjusted

Headaches can happen for about a million reasons. Some people get them if they don’t get enough sleep or go too long without eating. However, if your hearing aid is what’s giving you a headache, that probably means you need to take it in for an adjustment.

Why Is Your Hearing Aid Causing Headaches?

Senior man experiencing a headache at home.

Part of the way hearing aids work is to amplify sounds. This makes it easier for your ears and brain to process what’s going on. However, if your internal settings are too high, it can make sounds uncomfortably loud, which can eventually cause headaches. This can be especially unpleasant in environments that are busier and have a lot of background noise.

What Else To Look Out For

It’s not just headaches that can indicate a hearing aid problem that requires an adjustment. Make an appointment with your hearing aid specialist if you experience any of the following:

  1. Experiencing feedback. Feedback is an irritating high-pitched whistling sound that occurs when sound waves escape the ear canal and hit the hearing aid microphone. If it only happens rarely, like on extremely windy days, it’s not usually a sign of a problem. However, frequent feedback can mean that your device is fitting poorly in your ear or that there is an electrical issue.

  2. Volume is too loud or quiet. If your settings are incorrect, loud noises can seem overwhelming and softer noises can be inaudible. The point of having hearing aids is to make sure you have the best listening experience in any environment, from a quiet coffee at home with your spouse to dinner out with friends at The North Star Steakhouse in Topeka. If the sound isn’t right, your settings probably need to be changed.

  3. Tinnitus. Tinnitus, which is a ringing, buzzing, hissing or other noise in the ear, is common among people with hearing loss. However, if you’ve developed tinnitus or it has significantly worsened after getting hearing aids, it could be that your internal control settings are too high.

Hearing Aids Help You Connect

There’s a reason that 7.1% of adults aged 45 and over use hearing aids. It’s because they let people with hearing loss feel confident navigating the world around them and staying connected to the things and people that they love. If your hearing aid isn’t working correctly, you can’t experience the full range of benefits it has to offer.

If you need to schedule an appointment for an adjustment or wish to speak with one of our experts, call Topeka Ear Nose & Throat today.

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