Problems With Your Hearing Aid? Try This

Elderly man can’t hear because his hearing aid needs a new battery.

Hearing aids have been demonstrated to benefit your health in unsuspected ways including improving cognitive abilities, minimizing depression, and decreasing your chance of falling. Which is why it can be so irritating when these devices fail to function properly. When you start noticing buzzing feedback, or when your hearing aids abruptly go silent, expedient solutions can make the difference between a lovely family dinner or a miserable one.

Fortunately, some of the most fundamental hearing aid problems can be alleviated with a few basic troubleshooting measures. figuring out what’s wrong with your hearing aid as fast as possible will can you back to what’s important all the sooner.

Maybe The Batteries Need to be Changed

A low battery is one of the most common challenges with hearing aids. Many hearing aids have rechargeable batteries. Changeable batteries are standard on other hearing aids. Here are a few of the symptoms that may lead you to believe the batteries are the culprit when your device starts to malfunction:

  • Weak sounds: You feel like you are always struggling to hear what’s going on around you.
  • Hearing aids won’t turn on: If your hearing aid won’t turn on, or keeps shutting off, there’s a good possibility the battery is the main problem.
  • Dull sound quality: Voices sound muffled like they are far away or underwater.

Some solutions:

  • Verify that the batteries are fully charged. Let your rechargeable batteries charge overnight or for at least a few hours.
  • Having the right batteries is crucial so make certain you double check that. Your hearing aid can be damaged by the incorrect battery. (Occasionally, a battery will seem to be the same size as a different battery so it’s crucial that you be careful and check twice.)
  • Swap out the batteries if your hearing aid is designed to allow that. In certain situations, rechargeable batteries are sealed inside of the device, and if that’s the case, you may have to bring the hearing aid to a specialist.

Try Cleaning Every Surface

Obviously, hearing aids log a lot of time inside of your ears. And there’s a lot going on in there (your ears are like party rooms, only more hygienic). So it’s not surprising that your hearing aids can get a little dirty in the process of helping you hear. In spite of the fact that hearing aids are made to cope with some earwax, it’s a practical idea to get them cleaned now and again. Here are a few of the problems that can come from too much buildup:

  • Muffled sound: Earwax and other buildup can cause your hearing aid to sound like it’s buried underneath something.
  • 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 the fit of your hearing aid becomes a little tight. Sometimes, the plastic in the molds will harden and need to be replaced.

Here’s what you do about it:

  • Double-check the tip of the hearing aid to ensure it’s not covered or clogged by debris or earwax. The manufacturer will usually provide a cleaning tool which can be employed along with the manufacturer’s cleaning instruction.
  • Maintain the filter by examining it and, when needed, replacing it.
  • Carefully clean your hearing aids, as per the manufacturer’s suggestions.
  • Taking your hearing aid to a specialist for regular upkeep is an important procedure.

You May Simply Need a Little Time

In some cases, the issue isn’t an issue 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. Specific sounds (the buzzing of an air conditioner, for example) might at first seem unpleasantly loud. You may also notice that particular consonant sounds might 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 problem, before getting help. If your hearing aids are uncomfortable or you’re experiencing constant noise problems or things don’t seem to be working just the way they ought to be, we can help get you back on track and ensure you’re enjoying, not enduring, your hearing aids.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.