Reducing your chance of depression, minimizing your risk of falling, and improving cognitive ability are some of the unexpected health advantages that have been shown to come from wearing hearing aids. Which is why it can be so irritating when these devices have malfunctions. The difference between a delightful dinner with family or a horrible time can be made by discovering a fast remedy when your hearing aid starts screeching with feedback or goes silent altogether.
Fortunately, some of the most basic hearing aid issues can be alleviated with a few basic troubleshooting steps. The faster you ascertain what’s wrong with your hearing aid, the sooner you can go back to what’s important.
Maybe The Batteries Need to be Swapped Out
One of the most common problems with hearing aids is a low battery. Rechargeable batteries come standard with some hearing aid models. Changeable batteries are standard on other models. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it probably means the batteries are the reason for your hearing aid issues.
- Dull sound quality: It seems as if someone is talking to you underwater or from the other side of the room.
- Hearing aids won’t turn on: There’s a good chance that your battery is the issue if your hearing aid keeps turning itself off or doesn’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:
- Double-check to make certain the right batteries are used. Your hearing aid can be damaged by the incorrect battery. (In some cases, the wrong kind of battery can be purchased in the right size, so double-checking is crucial.)
- Make sure you have completely charged batteries. Allow your rechargeable batteries to charge overnight or for at least a few hours.
- If you have replaceable batteries, replace them on a regular basis. In certain situations, rechargeable batteries are sealed inside of the device, and if that’s the situation, you might need to take the hearing aid to a specialist.
Try Cleaning Every Surface
Hearing aids, obviously, spend a lot of time in your ears. And your ears have a lot taking place inside of them. So in the process of helping you hear, it’s not surprising that your hearing aid can get a little dirty. Most hearing aid models are manufactured to cope with some earwax buildup, but it’s a practical idea to have a regular cleaning plan too. A few issues related to buildup and dirt may include:
- Discomfort: If they feel as if they’re suddenly too big for your ears, it could be because earwax buildup has started interfering with the fit. Occasionally, the plastic in the molds will harden and need to be replaced.
- Feedback: It’s possible that earwax buildup can interfere with the feedback canceling functions of your hearing aid, causing you to hear a whistling sound.
- Muffled sound: Earwax and other buildup can make your hearing aid sound like it’s buried beneath something.
Here’s what you do about it:
- The tip of your hearing aid can become coated and clogged up by earwax and debris so check for that. The manufacturer will normally provide a cleaning tool which can be employed along with the manufacturer’s cleaning instruction.
- Maintain the filter by examining it and, when needed, replacing it.
- Carefully clean your hearing aids, as per the manufacturer’s suggestions.
- Make sure you are sending your hearing aids to a professional for routine cleaning and maintenance.
Try Giving Yourself Some Time
Sometimes, the problem isn’t a problem with the hearing aid. When your brain isn’t used to hearing the outside world, it can take a little bit of time to get used to your new hearing aids. As your mind adjust, you may notice that certain sounds are unpleasantly loud (the hum of the refrigerator, for example). You may also detect that particular consonant sounds might seem overly pronounced.
As your brain works to catch up, before long, you’ll adapt.
But it’s important to get help with any problems before too much time passes. Your hearing aids should make your life more enjoyable, so if things aren’t working the way they ought to be, or your hearing aids are uncomfortable, contact us, we can help.