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Wearing Hearing Aids

Possible Side Effects of Wearing Hearing Aids

If you have hearing loss, now is the time to see a hearing care specialist to see if you need hearing aids. But, getting hearing aids can be daunting, and you may worry about possible side effects. There are a few side effects that can happen when you wear hearing aids. But they are manageable and well worth the benefit of being able to hear again.

Earwax Build-Up

Your ears produce earwax, and it helps to trap particles like dust that you come into contact with. When you wear hearing aids, they stimulate the excess production of ear wax. If you have too much ear wax build-up in your ear, this side effect can cause a whistling sound in your hearing aid. 

This whistle can also block the sound and cause your hearing aids not to function as well. To avoid this, you will need to clean your ears often. Speak with your hearing specialist to ensure that you know how to handle ear wax build-up.

Itchiness and Skin Irritation

Another common side effect of wearing hearing aids is that you may feel some itchiness in your ear canal. This should only happen during the trial period as you adjust to your new hearing aids. Please do not scratch your ear canal, as this can lead to a build-up of earwax. 

Earwax build-up can cause impaction and discomfort. If you have any soreness, your hearing aids may not fit right. Finding the right fit for your hearing aids may take some time as you adjust to wearing them. The more you work with your hearing specialist, the more likely you will be to reduce this side effect.


When you have hearing loss, and you go from not hearing well to hearing again, you may have headaches. This is especially true if you have waited too long to get hearing aids after your hearing loss began. The sudden change can cause you to have intermittent headaches. As you get used to the headaches, this side effect should disappear altogether. If you have headaches, speak with your hearing specialist to reduce and treat this.

Call Us Today

You should never let the risk of potential side effects steer you away from getting hearing aids. These effects are often temporary until you get used to hearing aids and they are manageable. If you have hearing issues, and want to learn more about how hearing aids can help you, please call us today. We have a team of hearing care specialists who will work with you to see which hearing aids will work best for you.