Lowering your chance of depression, decreasing your risk of falling, and increasing cognitive ability are some of the surprising health benefits that have been shown to come from wearing hearing aids. Which is why it can be so aggravating when these devices have malfunctions. When you start detecting buzzing feedback, or when your hearing aids suddenly stop working, quick solutions can make the difference between a wonderful family dinner or a miserable one.
The good news is, there are some basic troubleshooting measures you can take that could ease or manage some common hearing aid issues. The sooner you determine what’s wrong 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 prevalent issues with hearing aids is a low battery. Some hearing aids come with rechargeable batteries. Changeable batteries are standard on other models. If you’re going through any of these symptoms, it probably means the batteries are the reason for your hearing aid issues.
- 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: If your hearing aid won’t turn on, or won’t stay on, there’s a good possibility the battery is the main problem.
- Dull sound quality: Voices sound dull like they are far away or underwater.
Here’s what you do about it:
- Make certain you have completely charged batteries. Let your rechargeable batteries charge overnight or for at least a few hours.
- Check twice to make certain the right batteries are used. Your hearing aid can be damaged by the incorrect battery. (Occasionally, a battery will appear to be the same size as a different battery so it’s crucial that you be careful and check twice.)
- Exchange the batteries if your hearing aid is designed to allow that. In some cases, rechargeable batteries are sealed inside of the device, and if that’s the situation, you may have to bring the hearing aid to a professional.
Every Surface Needs to be Cleaned
Hearing aids, naturally, spend a lot of time in your ears. And there’s a lot happening in there (your ears are like party rooms, only more hygienic). So in the process of helping you hear, it’s not surprising that your hearing aid can get somewhat dirty. Despite the fact that hearing aids are designed to deal with some earwax, it’s a good idea to get them cleaned once in a while. Here are a few of the problems that can come from too much buildup:
- Muffled sound: If your hearing aid sounds like it’s hiding behind something, it might just be. There may be earwax or other accumulation getting in the way.
- Feedback: It’s possible that earwax buildup can interfere with the feedback canceling features of your hearing aid, causing you to hear a whistling sound.
- Discomfort: If they feel as if they’re suddenly too big for your ears, it may be because earwax accumulation has begun interfering with the fit. The plastic will sometimes need to be replaced if it begins to harden.
Here’s what you do about it:
- Clean your hearing aid carefully in the way that the manufacturer has recommended.
- Maintain the filter by examining it and, when needed, replacing it.
- Double-check the tip of the hearing aid to ensure it is not covered or blocked by debris or earwax. Clean with your cleaning tool or as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Bringing your hearing aid to a professional for regular upkeep is an essential procedure.
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 world again. As your mind adapts, you might notice that certain 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.
Even so, it’s worthwhile not to let too much time pass, with any problem, before getting help. If your hearing aids are not comfortable or you’re getting continuous noise issues 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.