Hearing aids have been shown to support your health in unexpected ways including increasing cognitive abilities, reducing depression, and decreasing your chance of falling. Which is why it can be so frustrating when these devices fail to function properly. The difference between a pleasant dinner with family or a horrible time can be made by finding a fast remedy when your hearing aid begins screeching with feedback or quits entirely.
Luckily, there are some practical troubleshooting steps you can take which could alleviate or manage some common hearing aid issues. Finding out what’s happening with your hearing aid as quickly as possible will can 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. Other devices are designed to have their batteries exchanged. If you’re going through any of these symptoms, it most likely means the batteries are the reason for your hearing aid problems.
- Hearing aids won’t turn on: If your hearing aid won’t turn on, or keeps shutting off, there’s a good chance the battery is the main issue.
- Weak sounds: You’re struggling to hear what’s happening around you and that seems to be occurring more frequently.
- Dull sound quality: It feels as if someone is talking to you underwater or from the other side of the room.
- Make sure you have fully charged batteries. Let your rechargeable batteries charge overnight or for at least a few hours.
- Exchange the batteries if your hearing aid is manufactured to allow that. In certain situations, rechargeable batteries are sealed inside of the device, and if that’s the situation, you may need to take the hearing aid to a professional.
- Having the correct batteries is crucial so make sure you double check that. Your hearing aid can be damaged by the incorrect battery. (Sometimes, a battery will appear to be the same size as a different battery so it’s crucial that you be cautious and check twice.)
Try to Clean Every Surface
Needless to say, hearing aids log a lot of time inside of your ears. And your ears have a lot going on inside of them. So in the process of helping you hear, it’s no surprise that your hearing aid can get somewhat dirty. In spite of the fact that hearing aids are designed to cope with some earwax, it’s a good idea to get them cleaned now and again. A few issues related to buildup and dirt may 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.
- Discomfort: Earwax can accumulate to the point where your hearing aid fits a little tight. The plastic will sometimes need to be replaced if it starts to harden.
- Muffled sound: If your hearing aid sounds like it’s lost behind something, maybe it is. There could be earwax or other accumulation getting in the way.
- Examine the earwax filter to make sure it is clean; replace it if needed.
- Gently clean your hearing aids, as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Double-check the tip of the hearing aid to make sure it is not covered or blocked by earwax or debris. Clean with your cleaning tool or as advised by the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Make sure you are bringing your hearing aids to a professional for routine maintenance and cleaning.
Try Giving Yourself Some Time
Sometimes, the issue 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 adjust to your new hearing aids. As your mind adapts, you might notice that certain sounds are unpleasantly loud (the hum of the refrigerator, for instance). You may also notice that particular consonant sounds may seem overly pronounced.
These are all indications that your brain is racing to catch up to auditory stimuli again and, in time, you’ll adjust.
However, it’s important not to let too much time go by, with any problem, before getting help. If your hearing aids are uncomfortable or you’re experiencing constant noise issues or things don’t seem to be working exactly the way they ought to be, we can help get you back on track and make sure you’re enjoying, not enduring, your hearing aids.