When Your Hearing Aids Are Faltering – Try This First

Woman’s hearing aids no longer working well and she is straining to hear.

If you have hearing aids, you should be able to hear, right? When your hearing aid stops doing its job, it can be seriously frustrating. Luckily, your hearing aids should have no trouble doing their job if you take proper care of them.

Go through this list before you do anything hasty. If it’s not one of these common issues, it may be time to pay us a visit to make sure there isn’t a larger issue. Your hearing might have changed, for example, or you might need a hearing aid recalibration.

Potential Pitfall: Low Batteries

While hearing aid batteries have gotten dramatically smaller and lifespans are getting better, the batteries still have to be replaced occasionally or recharged. That means that it’s important to keep up with your hearing aids’ batteries. If it seems like the sound is fading or cutting in and out, check your battery first.

The fix: Keep ‘em Fresh

A battery tester is a worthwhile investment, especially if you like to stock up. Even if you keep batteries sealed until it’s time to use them, always a smart plan, they have a limited shelf life, and so the last batteries in that giant pack you bought months ago likely won’t hold a charge as long as the first few did. Another trick: When you unpack new batteries, wait 5 minutes before installing them. This can help extend the battery life by allowing the zinc to become active.

Potential Pitfall: Grease, Grime, And Other Gross Stuff

Regardless of how clean you keep your ears, and if you have a tough time hearing, you’re much more likely than the average person to pay attention to earwax, your hearing aids will accumulate debris and dirt. If you can hear but sounds seem distorted or slightly off, dirt might be the cause.

The fix: Clean Them Out—And Keep Them Clean!

You can buy a kit for cleaning your hearing aids or you can use items you already have around the house to keep them clean. You can use a microfiber cloth, like the kind you use to clean your cellphone or glasses, to wipe your hearing aid down after taking it apart.

You can help keep your hearing aids from accumulating excess filth by practicing simple hygiene practices. Clean and dry your hands before you take care of your hearing aids, and remove them while you’re doing things, such as washing your face, styling your hair, or even shaving, that might put them at risk of being spritzed, sprayed, or splattered.

Potential Pitfall: Trapped Moisture

Moisture can be a real problem for hearing aids, and it doesn’t take much to do so (you don’t need to be submerged, even a sweat can be an issue). Even humidity in the air can be a problem, blocking up the hearing aid’s air vents or causing batteries to drain faster. Issues ranging from distortion to static or even crackling may happen depending on how much moisture is inside. They may even seem to quit altogether.

The fix: Keep Them Dry

Be sure that when you store your hearing aids, you open the battery door; and if you’re taking them out for longer than 24 hours, take out the batteries completely. It takes almost no effort and guarantees that air can circulate, and any captured moisture can escape.

A cool, dry place is the best spot to keep your hearing aids. The bedroom is a smart spot, skip the bathroom or kitchen. Even though the latter is convenient, the steam from a hot shower is precisely what you don’t want. If you live in a humid climate, you might want to consider getting a hearing aid storage box. Pricier versions plug in, but less costly models use desiccants or gels (yes, like those “throw away do not eat” packets you find in the box when you purchase a pair of shoes) to absorb moisture.

If you’ve tried all of these and none of them are helping then it may be time for you to give us a call.

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.