Reducing your chance of depression, decreasing your risk of falling, and increasing cognitive ability are some of the unexpected health advantages that have been proven to come from wearing hearing aids. Which is why it can be so aggravating when these devices fail to function properly. The difference between a pleasant dinner with family or a terrible time can be made by finding a fast solution when your hearing aid begins screeching with feedback or quits altogether.
Fortunately, some of the most basic hearing aid problems can be eased with a few practical troubleshooting measures. The faster you figure out what’s wrong with your hearing aid, the sooner you can get back to what’s important.
Maybe The Batteries Need to be Swapped Out
A low battery is one of the most common challenges with hearing aids. Rechargeable batteries come standard with many hearing aid models. Replaceable batteries are standard on other models. Here are some of the symptoms that could lead you to believe the batteries are the bad guy when your device starts to malfunction:
- Hearing aids won’t turn on: If your hearing aid doesn’t turn on, or won’t stay on, there’s a good chance the battery is the primary issue.
- Dull sound quality: It feels as if someone is talking to you underwater or from across the room.
- Weak sounds: You feel like you are always struggling to hear what’s happening around you.
- If you have replaceable batteries, swap them out on a regular basis. In certain situations, rechargeable batteries are sealed inside of the device, and if that’s the situation, you might have to take the hearing aid to a professional.
- Ensure the batteries are completely charged. If your hearing aid is equipped with rechargeable batteries, let them charge for several hours or overnight.
- Check twice to make sure the right batteries are used. Putting the wrong kind of battery in your hearing aid can lead to malfunctions. (Sometimes, a battery will seem to be the same size as a different battery so it’s essential that you be cautious and check twice.)
Try Cleaning 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 it’s no surprise that your hearing aids may get somewhat dirty while helping you hear. Most hearing aid models are designed to cope with some earwax accumulation, but it’s a good idea to have a routine cleaning plan too. A few issues connected to buildup and dirt could include:
- Discomfort: If they feel like they’re suddenly too big for your ears, it may be because earwax accumulation has begun interfering with the fit. The plastic will sometimes need to be replaced if it starts to harden.
- Muffled sound: Earwax and other buildup can make your hearing aid sound like it’s buried beneath something.
- Feedback: The feedback canceling function on your hearing aid can be interrupted by earwax buildup generating a whistling sound.
Here’s what you do about it:
- Carefully clean your hearing aids, as per the manufacturer’s suggestions.
- Bringing your hearing aid to a professional for regular upkeep is an essential procedure.
- The tip of your hearing aid can become covered and clogged up by earwax and debris so check for that. Clean with your cleaning tool or as advised by the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Check the earwax filter to ensure it is clean; replace it if necessary.
Try Giving Yourself Some Time
The hearing aid itself isn’t necessarily the issue. 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. Particular sounds (the buzzing of an air conditioner, for example) may initially seem unpleasantly loud. You may also notice that particular consonant sounds may seem overly pronounced.
As your brain works to catch up, over time, you’ll adapt.
However, it’s worthwhile not to let too much time go by, with any issue, before seeking help. If your hearing aids are not comfortable or you’re experiencing constant noise problems or things don’t seem to be working exactly the way they should be, we can help get you back on track and make sure you’re enjoying, not enduring, your hearing aids.