Hearing aids have been demonstrated to improve your health in unexpected ways including boosting cognitive function, minimizing depression, and limiting your risk of falls. Which is why it can be so irritating when these devices have malfunctions. The difference between an enjoyable dinner with family or a horrible time can be made by discovering a quick solution when your hearing aid starts screeching with feedback or goes silent entirely.
Fortunately, some of the most fundamental hearing aid issues can be alleviated with a few basic troubleshooting steps. figuring out what’s happening with your hearing aid as fast as you will get you back to what’s important all the sooner.
Try Changing The Batteries
One of the most common problems with hearing aids is a low battery. Rechargeable batteries come standard with many hearing aid models. Changeable batteries are standard on other models. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it most likely means the batteries are the reason for your hearing aid issues.
- Dull sound quality: Voices sound muffled like they are distant or underwater.
- Weak sounds: You feel like you are constantly struggling to hear what’s going on around you.
- Hearing aids won’t turn on: There’s a good chance that your battery is the issue if your hearing aid keeps shutting itself off or doesn’t turn on at all.
- If you have replaceable batteries, swap them out regularly. You might need to take your hearing aid in to a professional if the battery is sealed inside.
- Having the correct batteries is crucial so make sure you double check that. Putting the wrong kind of battery into your hearing aid can lead to malfunctions. (Sometimes, the wrong kind of battery can be purchased in the correct size, so double-checking is essential.)
- Make certain you have fully charged batteries. If your hearing aid comes with rechargeable batteries, charge them for several hours or overnight.
Every Surface Should be Cleaned
Hearing aids, obviously, spend a lot of time in 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 little dirty. In spite of the fact that hearing aids are designed to cope with some earwax, it’s a practical idea to have them cleaned now and again. A few issues related to buildup and dirt could include:
- Feedback: It’s possible that earwax buildup can interfere with the feedback canceling functions of your hearing aid, causing you to hear a whistling noise.
- Muffled sound: If your hearing aid sounds like it’s lost behind something, it might just be. There might be earwax or other accumulation getting in the way.
- Discomfort: If they feel as though they’re suddenly too large for your ears, it might be because earwax accumulation has begun interfering with the fit. Occasionally, the plastic in the molds will harden and need to be replaced.
- Bringing your hearing aid to a professional for regular upkeep is an important procedure.
- Carefully clean your hearing aids, as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
- The tip of your hearing aid can become covered and clogged up by earwax and debris so look for that. The manufacturer will usually supply 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.
Try Giving Yourself Some Time
Sometimes, the problem isn’t a problem with the hearing aid. When you first pop in your hearing aids, your brain has to get used to hearing the outside world again. As your mind adjust, you might notice that specific sounds are unpleasantly loud (the hum of the refrigerator, for example). And some 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 adapt.
However, it’s important not to let too much time go by, with any problem, before seeking help. Your hearing aids should make your life more enjoyable, so if things aren’t working the way they should be, or your hearing aids are uncomfortable, contact us, we can help.