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Side Effects of Hearing Aids

If you’re new to wearing hearing aids, or you’re preparing to try new hearing aids, you might have questions about side effects and what to expect when you start using the devices for the first time. When you have your hearing aid fitted, your audiologist or hearing instrument specialist will discuss possible side effects with you and program and customize your hearing aids to try and ensure you feel as comfortable as possible. It’s important to be aware of side effects and to contact your hearing care provider if you have any questions, or you’re worried that your hearing aids aren’t working as they should be. This guide will explore some of the most common effects of wearing hearing aids and provide advice to prevent problems with your hearing aids.

In some cases, wearing hearing aids can contribute to side effects. These symptoms are usually associated with ill-fitting hearing aids or devices that aren’t programmed correctly. If you do experience side effects when you use hearing aids, your audiologist or hearing instrument specialist will be able to help, so don’t hesitate to get in touch. There may be a very simple fix, which will make you feel more confident and comfortable and optimize the performance of your hearing aids. Examples of hearing aid side-effects include:


Tinnitus and Headaches

When you first start wearing hearing aids, sounds can appear very loud, and it can take time to get the volume just right, as your brain has to adapt and learn to filter out the noises you don’t want or need to hear. If the volume is too high, this can cause headaches and tinnitus. Tinnitus is a term used to describe hearing sounds that are not made by an external source. While your audiologist or hearing instrument specialist will provide you with a wearing schedule to get used to your hearing aids in the beginning, they can also make small adjustments to your programming to address any technological issues.



Hearing aid fittings play a vital role in reducing the risk of irritation. If the hearing aid is too loose, or it doesn’t fit properly, this can cause irritation and discomfort. During your fitting, your hearing care professional will ask you how the hearing aids feel, and whether they are comfortable. It’s really important to be honest, as your audiologist or hearing instrument specialist can make adjustments to ensure a perfect fit. If you find that your hearing aids are irritating your ears after you leave the office, and they don’t fit as well as you thought, you can always go back for another appointment to have them modified.


Sound Problems

Every person is unique, and it can take time to find the perfect settings to suit the individual and their requirements. If the quality or clarity of sound isn’t as good as you expected, or you’re having issues with feedback or you can’t hear specific sounds very well, the best thing to do is arrange an appointment with your hearing care professional. Modifying programs and settings can improve the quality of sound and help you hear better in specific environments.



Wearing hearing aids can elevate the risk of wax build-up. If your ears are itchy, this could be a sign of excess wax in the ear canal. To lower the risk of compaction and blockages, clean your hearing aids daily, taking care to wipe away any excess wax, and see your hearing care provider if problems persist. Avoid using any kind of foreign object, a cotton bud, to try and dislodge wax from the ear canal, as this can push the wax further in causing more harm than good.


When to See Your Hearing Care Professional

If you’ve never used hearing aids before, you might find that it takes a couple of days to get used to your hearing aids. Your brain will need to adapt, and you’ll need to adjust to having devices either inside or behind your ears. Initially, you might find that you need to modify the settings slightly, the volume to improve performance. If you have any problems with the programs, you’re having trouble with feedback, or your ears are itchy or irritated, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your audiologist or hearing instrument specialist. They can tweak the settings, adjust the fit and offer advice to reduce the risk of problems caused by wax and dust.

If you have any questions about the side effects of wearing hearing aids, or you’d like to learn more about the hearing health services our convenient locations offer, we’d love to hear from you. Call us today at (888) 553-7520.