Lowering your chance of depression, minimizing the danger of falling, and increasing cognitive ability are some of the unexpected health advantages that have been shown to come from using hearing aids. Which is why when these devices seem like they fail to function properly, it’s so frustrating. The difference between a delightful dinner with family or a horrible time can be made by finding a fast remedy when your hearing aid starts screeching with feedback or goes silent entirely.
Fortunately, some of the most basic hearing aid issues can be eased with a few basic troubleshooting steps. figuring out what’s wrong with your hearing aid as fast as you will can you back to what’s important all the sooner.
Maybe The Batteries Need to be Changed
A low battery is one of the most common challenges with hearing aids. Rechargeable batteries come standard with some hearing aid models. Other devices are manufactured to have their batteries swapped out. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it probably means the batteries are to blame for your hearing aid issues.
- Dull sound quality: Voices sound dull like they are distant or underwater.
- Hearing aids won’t turn on: There’s a good possibility that your battery is the issue if your hearing aid keeps shutting itself off or won’t turn on at all.
- Weak sounds: You’re battling to hear what’s taking place around you and that seems to be occurring more and more.
Here’s what you do about it:
- If you have replaceable batteries, replace them on a regular basis. In some situations, rechargeable batteries are sealed into the device, and if that’s the case, you might need to bring the hearing aid to a specialist.
- Double-check to make certain the right batteries are used. Your hearing aid can be damaged by the wrong battery. (Sometimes, the wrong type of battery can be purchased in the right size, so double-checking is important.)
- Make sure you have completely charged batteries. If your hearing aid comes with rechargeable batteries, charge them for several hours or overnight.
Try to Clean Every Surface
Obviously, hearing aids log a lot of time inside your ears. And your ears have a lot going on inside of them. So while helping you hear, it’s not surprising that your hearing aid can get a bit dirty. Most hearing aid models are designed to handle a certain amount of earwax buildup, but it’s a practical idea to have a routine cleaning plan also. Here are some of the issues that can come from too much buildup:
- Feedback: It’s possible that earwax buildup can interfere with the feedback canceling functions of your hearing aid, causing you to hear a whining sound.
- Muffled sound: If your hearing aid sounds like it’s lost behind something, it might just be. There could be earwax or other buildup getting in the way.
- Discomfort: If they feel as though they’re suddenly too big for your ears, it might be because earwax accumulation has started interfering with the fit. Sometimes, the plastic in the molds will harden and need to be replaced.
Here’s what you do about it:
- Make sure you are bringing your hearing aids to a professional for routine maintenance and cleaning.
- Clean your hearing aid lightly in the way that the manufacturer has advised.
- The tip of your hearing aid can become coated and clogged up by earwax and debris so check for that. The manufacturer will typically provide a cleaning tool which can be employed along with the manufacturer’s cleaning instruction.
- Maintain the filter by checking it and, if needed, replacing it.
You May Simply Need a Little Time
Sometimes, the issue isn’t a problem with the hearing aid. When you first pop in your hearing aids, your brain has to get accustomed to hearing the outside world again. Certain sounds (the buzzing of an air conditioner, for instance) might initially come across as unpleasantly loud. And certain consonants often sound louder than the rest of the speech.
These are all signs that your brain is racing to catch up to auditory stimuli again and, before long, you’ll adjust.
But it’s worthwhile to get help with any issues before too much time goes by. If your hearing aids are uncomfortable or you’re getting constant noise problems or things don’t seem to be working exactly the way they should be, we can help get you back on track and ensure you’re enjoying, not enduring, your hearing aids.