Hearing aids have been shown to support your health in unsuspected ways including enhancing 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 observing buzzing feedback, or when your hearing aids suddenly stop working, expedient solutions can make the difference between a wonderful family dinner or a miserable one.
The good news is, there are some practical troubleshooting measures you can take that could ease or manage some typical hearing aid issues. figuring out what’s wrong with your hearing aid as fast as possible will can you back to what’s important all the sooner.
Try Changing The Batteries
A low battery is one of the most prevalent challenges with hearing aids. Rechargeable batteries come standard with some hearing aid models. Other devices are manufactured to have their batteries swapped out. If you’re going through any of these symptoms, it probably means the batteries are the reason for your hearing aid problems.
- Weak sounds: You’re battling to hear what’s taking place around you and that seems to be occurring more frequently.
- 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 won’t turn on at all.
- Dull sound quality: Voices sound dull like they are far away or underwater.
Here’s what you do about it:
- Check twice to make certain the correct batteries are installed. Your hearing aid can be damaged by the incorrect battery. (Sometimes, the wrong type of battery can be purchased in the right size, so double-checking is essential.)
- Verify that the batteries are fully charged. Allow your rechargeable batteries to charge overnight or at least for several hours.
- If you have replaceable batteries, replace them regularly. In some cases, rechargeable batteries are sealed inside of the device, and if that’s the situation, you might need to take the hearing aid to a specialist.
Every Surface Needs to be Cleaned
Obviously, hearing aids log a lot of time inside your ears. And there’s a lot happening in there (your ears are like party rooms, only more hygienic). So while helping you hear, it’s not surprising that your hearing aid can get a bit dirty. Most hearing aid models are manufactured to handle some earwax accumulation, but it’s a practical idea to have a routine cleaning schedule also. A few problems linked to buildup and dirt may include:
- Muffled sound: If your hearing aid sounds like it’s lost behind something, it might just be. There could be earwax or other buildup getting in the way.
- Discomfort: If they feel as if they’re suddenly too big for your ears, it might be because earwax buildup has begun interfering with the fit. Sometimes, the plastic in the molds will harden and need to be exchanged.
- Feedback: It’s possible that earwax buildup can interfere with the feedback canceling features of your hearing aid, causing you to hear a whining noise.
- Make sure you are bringing your hearing aids to a specialist for regular maintenance and cleaning.
- Carefully clean your hearing aids, as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Check the earwax filter to ensure it is clean; replace it if needed.
- The tip of your hearing aid can become coated and plugged up by earwax and debris so look for that. Clean with your cleaning tool or as advised by the manufacturer’s instructions.
Try Giving Yourself a Little 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 accustomed to hearing the world again. Certain sounds (the buzzing of an air conditioner, for instance) may at first seem unpleasantly loud. And some consonants frequently sound louder than the rest of the speech.
As your brain works to catch up, before long, you’ll adapt.
But it’s worthwhile to get help with any issues before too much time goes by. 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.