Reducing your chance of depression, minimizing the danger of falling, and enhancing cognitive ability are some of the surprising health advantages that have been proven to come from using hearing aids. Which is why it can be so frustrating when these devices have malfunctions. The difference between a pleasant dinner with family or a horrible time can be made by finding a quick solution when your hearing aid starts screeching with feedback or quits altogether.
Fortunately, some of the most basic hearing aid issues can be alleviated with a few practical troubleshooting measures. Finding out what’s wrong with your hearing aid as quickly as you will can you back to what’s important all the sooner.
Maybe The Batteries Need to be Swapped Out
A low battery is one of the most prevalent issues with hearing aids. Many hearing aids have rechargeable batteries. Other devices are made to have their batteries changed. Here are some of the symptoms that may lead you to believe the batteries are the bad guy when your device starts to malfunction:
- Weak sounds: You’re battling to hear what’s happening around you and that seems to be occurring more and more.
- Dull sound quality: Voices sound dull like they are distant or underwater.
- Hearing aids won’t turn on: If your hearing aid won’t turn on, or won’t stay on, there’s a good possibility the battery is the main problem.
Here’s what you do about it:
- Having the right batteries is essential so make certain you double check that. Your hearing aid can be damaged by the incorrect battery. (Occasionally, a battery will seem to be the same size as a different battery so it’s essential that you be careful and check twice.)
- Make certain you have completely charged batteries. If your hearing aid comes with rechargeable batteries, let them charge for several hours or overnight.
- 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.
Every Surface Needs to be Cleaned
Needless to say, hearing aids log a lot of time inside of your ears. And your ears have a lot taking place inside of them. So it’s not surprising that your hearing aids will get a little dirty while helping you hear. Despite the fact that hearing aids are made to deal with some earwax, it’s a good idea to get them cleaned now and again. Here are a few of the problems that can come from too much buildup:
- Muffled sound: If your hearing aid sounds like it’s lost behind something, maybe it is. There might be earwax or other buildup getting in the way.
- Discomfort: Earwax can accumulate to the point where your hearing aid fits a little tight. Sometimes, the plastic in the molds will harden and need to be exchanged.
- Feedback: The feedback canceling function on your hearing aid can be disrupted by earwax buildup causing a whistling noise.
- Take care of the filter by examining it and, if needed, replacing it.
- Bringing your hearing aid to a professional for regular upkeep is an important procedure.
- The tip of your hearing aid can become covered and plugged up by earwax and debris so look for that. The manufacturer will typically supply a cleaning tool which can be employed along with the manufacturer’s cleaning instruction.
- Carefully clean your hearing aids, as per the manufacturer’s suggestions.
You May Just Need Some Time
Sometimes, the problem isn’t an issue with the hearing aid. When you first pop in your hearing aids, your brain needs to get used to hearing the world again. As your mind adjust, you might notice that specific sounds are unpleasantly loud (the hum of the refrigerator, for example). You may also detect that certain consonant sounds may seem overly pronounced.
These are all signs that your brain is racing to catch up to auditory stimuli again and, before long, you’ll adapt.
But it’s worthwhile to get help with any issues before too much time passes. If your hearing aids are uncomfortable or you’re experiencing constant noise issues or things don’t seem to be working just the way they should be, we can help get you back on track and ensure you’re enjoying, not enduring, your hearing aids.