Hearing aids have been shown to support your health in unexpected ways including enhancing cognitive abilities, reducing depression, and limiting your chance of falling. Which is why when these devices seem like they malfunction, it’s so infuriating. The difference between a delightful dinner with family or a terrible time can be made by finding a fast solution when your hearing aid starts screeching with feedback or goes silent altogether.
Luckily, there are some practical troubleshooting measures you can take that may alleviate or address some typical hearing aid problems. The sooner you figure out 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. Many hearing aids have rechargeable batteries. Other devices are designed to have their batteries swapped out. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it probably means the batteries are the reason for your hearing aid problems.
- Hearing aids won’t turn on: If your hearing aid doesn’t turn on, or keeps shutting off, there’s a good possibility the battery is the primary problem.
- Weak sounds: You feel like you are always struggling to hear what’s happening around you.
- Dull sound quality: It seems as if someone is talking to you underwater or from the other side of the room.
Here’s what you do about it:
- Double-check to make certain the correct batteries are installed. Putting the wrong kind of battery in your hearing aid can lead to malfunctions. (Occasionally, a battery will appear to be the same size as a different battery so it’s crucial that you be cautious and check twice.)
- Make certain you have fully charged batteries. If your hearing aid comes with rechargeable batteries, charge them for several hours or overnight.
- If you have replaceable batteries, swap them out on a regular basis. You may need to take your hearing aid in to a specialist if the battery is sealed inside.
Try to Clean Every Surface
Hearing aids, naturally, spend a lot of time in your ears. And your ears have a lot taking place inside of them. So it’s no surprise that your hearing aids may get a little dirty while helping you hear. Most hearing aid models are designed to handle some earwax accumulation, but it’s a practical idea to have a regular cleaning plan too. A few issues connected to buildup and dirt could include:
- Muffled sound: If your hearing aid sounds like it’s hiding behind something, maybe it is. There might be earwax or other accumulation getting in the way.
- Feedback: It’s possible that earwax buildup can interfere with the feedback canceling functions of your hearing aid, causing you to hear a whining noise.
- Discomfort: Earwax can buildup to the point where the fit of your hearing aid becomes a little tight. The plastic will sometimes need to be replaced if it starts to harden.
- Check the earwax filter to ensure it is clean; replace it if needed.
- Make sure you are bringing your hearing aids to a professional for regular cleaning and maintenance.
- Double-check the tip of the hearing aid to make sure it’s not covered or clogged by earwax or debris. The manufacturer will typically supply a cleaning tool which can be used along with the manufacturer’s cleaning instruction.
- Clean your hearing aid lightly in the way that the manufacturer has advised.
You May Just Need Some Time
The hearing aid itself isn’t always the problem. When your brain isn’t used to hearing the outside world, it can take a little time to adjust to your new hearing aids. Specific sounds (the buzzing of an air conditioner, for example) might at first come across as unpleasantly loud. And certain consonants frequently sound louder than the rest of the speech.
These are all clues that your brain is racing to catch up to auditory stimuli again and, in time, you’ll adapt.
Even so, it’s worthwhile not to let too much time pass, with any issue, before getting help. 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.