Hearing aids have been demonstrated to improve your health in surprising ways including enhancing cognitive abilities, minimizing depression, and decreasing your chance of falling. Which is why when these devices seem like they malfunction, it’s so frustrating. The difference between a delightful 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 altogether.
Fortunately, some of the most fundamental hearing aid issues can be reduced with a few practical troubleshooting steps. 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 prevalent problems with hearing aids is a low battery. Rechargeable batteries come standard with some hearing aid models. Other devices are manufactured to have their batteries swapped out. Here are some of the symptoms that might lead you to believe the batteries are the culprit when your device starts to malfunction:
- Weak sounds: You’re struggling to hear what’s taking place around you and that seems to be occurring more and more.
- Hearing aids won’t turn on: There’s a good chance that your battery is the issue if your hearing aid keeps turning itself off or doesn’t turn on at all.
- Dull sound quality: Voices sound muffled like they are distant or underwater.
- Double-check to make sure the right batteries are installed. Your hearing aid can be damaged by the wrong battery. (At times, the wrong kind of battery can be purchased in the right size, so double-checking is essential.)
- If you have replaceable batteries, swap them out on a regular basis. In some situations, rechargeable batteries are sealed into the device, and if that’s the situation, you might need to bring the hearing aid to a professional.
- Make sure the batteries are fully charged. Let your rechargeable batteries charge overnight or at least for several hours.
Every Surface Should be Cleaned
Hearing aids, obviously, spend a lot of time in your ears. And your ears have a lot taking place inside of them. So while helping you hear, it’s no surprise that your hearing aid can get a little dirty. Despite the fact that hearing aids are made to deal with some earwax, it’s a practical idea to have them cleaned once in a while. Here are some of the problems that can come from too much buildup:
- Feedback: It’s possible that earwax buildup can obstruct the feedback canceling functions of your hearing aid, causing you to hear a whistling noise.
- Discomfort: Earwax can buildup to the point where your hearing aid fits a little tight. The plastic will sometimes need to be replaced if it begins to harden.
- Muffled sound: If your hearing aid sounds like it’s lost behind something, it might just be. There may be earwax or other accumulation getting in the way.
- Lightly clean your hearing aids, as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Bringing your hearing aid to a specialist for regular upkeep is an essential procedure.
- Maintain the filter by examining it and, when needed, replacing it.
- The tip of your hearing aid can become coated and plugged up by earwax and debris so look for that. The manufacturer will usually provide a cleaning tool which can be employed along with the manufacturer’s cleaning instruction.
Try Giving Yourself Some Time
The hearing aid itself isn’t necessarily the problem. When you first put in your hearing aids, your brain has to get accustomed to hearing the outside world again. Certain sounds (the buzzing of an air conditioner, for instance) might at first seem unpleasantly loud. You might also detect that particular consonant sounds may seem overly pronounced.
As your brain works to catch up, over time, you’ll adjust.
But it’s important to get help with any issues before too much time passes. If your hearing aids are uncomfortable 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.