Hearing aids have been shown to support your health in unexpected ways including increasing cognitive function, minimizing depression, and limiting your chance of falling. Which is why when your hearing aids seem like they malfunction, it’s so infuriating. When you start detecting buzzing feedback, or when your hearing aids suddenly go silent, expedient solutions can make the difference between a wonderful family dinner or a miserable one.
Fortunately, some of the most basic hearing aid issues can be reduced with a few practical troubleshooting measures. The faster you figure out what’s going on with your hearing aid, the sooner you can go back to what’s important.
Maybe The Batteries Need to be Changed
One of the most common problems with hearing aids is a low battery. Some hearing aids come with rechargeable batteries. Replaceable batteries are standard on other models. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it probably means the batteries are to blame for your hearing aid problems.
- Dull sound quality: It feels as if someone is talking to you underwater or from the other side of the room.
- Weak sounds: You’re struggling to hear what’s happening 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 to blame if your hearing aid keeps turning itself off or doesn’t turn on at all.
Here’s what you do about it:
- Make sure the batteries are 100 % charged. If your hearing aid has rechargeable batteries, let them charge for several hours or overnight.
- Swap out the batteries if your hearing aid is designed to allow that. In some situations, rechargeable batteries are sealed into the device, and if that’s the case, you might have to bring the hearing aid to a specialist.
- Check twice to make sure the correct batteries are installed. Your hearing aid can be damaged by the wrong battery. (Occasionally, a battery will appear 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 your ears. And your ears have a lot taking place inside of them. So while helping you hear, it’s not surprising that your hearing aid can get a little dirty. Most hearing aid models are designed to handle some earwax buildup, but it’s a good idea to have a regular cleaning plan also. Here are some of the problems that can come from too much buildup:
- Feedback: The feedback canceling feature on your hearing aid can be interrupted by earwax buildup creating a whistling sound.
- Muffled sound: Earwax and other buildup can make your hearing aid sound like it’s buried beneath something.
- Discomfort: If they feel as if they’re suddenly too large for your ears, it may be because earwax accumulation has started interfering with the fit. The plastic will occasionally need to be replaced if it starts to harden.
Here’s what you do about it:
- Examine the earwax filter to ensure it’s clean; replace it if necessary.
- Bringing your hearing aid to a specialist for routine upkeep is an essential procedure.
- Clean your hearing aid gently in the way that the manufacturer has advised.
- 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.
Try Giving Yourself Some Time
Sometimes, the problem isn’t a problem with the hearing aid. When you first put in your hearing aids, your brain needs to get used to hearing the outside world again. As your mind adapts, you might notice that specific sounds are unpleasantly loud (the hum of the refrigerator, for example). And some consonants often sound louder than the rest of the speech.
As your brain works to catch up, before long, you’ll adapt.
However, it’s important not to let too much time go by, with any problem, before getting help. Your hearing aids should make your life more enjoyable, so if things aren’t working the way they ought to be, or your hearing aids are uncomfortable, contact us, we can help.