Hearing aids have been shown to improve your health in surprising ways including increasing cognitive function, minimizing 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 pleasant dinner with family or a terrible time can be made by discovering a fast solution when your hearing aid starts screeching with feedback or quits entirely.
Fortunately, some of the most fundamental hearing aid problems can be alleviated with a few basic troubleshooting steps. Finding out what’s wrong with your hearing aid as fast 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. Some hearing aids have rechargeable batteries. Other devices are designed to have their batteries swapped out. Here are a few of the symptoms that might lead you to believe the batteries are the bad guy when your device starts to malfunction:
- Weak sounds: You’re struggling to hear what’s happening around you and that seems to be occurring more frequently.
- 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 principal problem.
- Dull sound quality: It feels like somebody is talking to you underwater or from the other side of the room.
- Exchange the batteries if your hearing aid is designed to allow that. In certain cases, rechargeable batteries are sealed inside of the device, and if that’s the situation, you might have to bring the hearing aid to a specialist.
- Having the right batteries is essential so make certain you double check that. Putting the wrong kind of battery in your hearing aid can cause malfunctions. (Sometimes, the wrong kind of battery can be purchased in the right size, so double-checking is important.)
- Make certain you have completely charged batteries. Allow your rechargeable batteries to charge overnight or for at least a few hours.
Every Surface Needs to be Cleaned
Hearing aids, obviously, spend a lot of time in your ears. And there’s a lot happening in there (your ears are like party rooms, only more hygienic). So in the process of helping you hear, it’s no surprise that your hearing aid can get somewhat dirty. Most hearing aid models are designed to deal with some earwax buildup, but it’s a practical idea to have a routine cleaning schedule also. Here are some of the issues that can come from too much buildup:
- Discomfort: If they feel as if they’re suddenly too large for your ears, it could be because earwax accumulation has begun interfering with the fit. Occasionally, the plastic in the molds will harden and need to be replaced.
- Muffled sound: If your hearing aid sounds like it’s lost behind something, it might just be. There could be earwax or other accumulation getting in the way.
- Feedback: The feedback canceling function on your hearing aid can be disrupted by earwax buildup causing a whistling noise.
Here’s what you do about it:
- Maintain the filter by examining it and, when needed, replacing it.
- The tip of your hearing aid can become coated and clogged up by earwax and debris so look for that. The manufacturer will normally supply a cleaning tool which can be employed along with the manufacturer’s cleaning instruction.
- Taking your hearing aid to a professional for regular upkeep is an important procedure.
- Clean your hearing aid gently in the way that the manufacturer has directed.
You May Simply Need Some Time
Sometimes, the problem isn’t a problem with the hearing aid. When you first put in your hearing aids, your brain has to get accustomed to hearing the outside world again. As your mind adjust, you may notice that some sounds are unpleasantly loud (the hum of the refrigerator, for instance). And certain consonants often sound louder than the rest of the speech.
As your brain works to catch up, before long, you’ll adjust.
Even so, it’s worthwhile not to let too much time go by, with any issue, 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.