Hearing aids have been demonstrated to improve your health in unexpected ways including boosting cognitive abilities, minimizing depression, and decreasing your chance of falling. Which is why when these devices seem like they fail to function properly, it’s so frustrating. When you begin noticing screeching feedback, or when your hearing aids abruptly go silent, expedient solutions can be the difference between a lovely family dinner or a miserable one.
The good news is, there are some basic troubleshooting steps you can take that could relieve or address some common hearing aid issues. figuring out what’s happening with your hearing aid as fast as you will get you back to what’s important all the sooner.
Maybe The Batteries Need to be Swapped Out
One of the most prevalent problems with hearing aids is a low battery. Many hearing aids come with rechargeable batteries. Other devices are designed to have their batteries exchanged. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it probably means the batteries are the reason for your hearing aid issues.
- Hearing aids won’t turn on: If your hearing aid won’t turn on, or won’t stay on, there’s a good chance the battery is the principal problem.
- Weak sounds: You feel like you are always straining to hear what’s going on around you.
- Dull sound quality: It seems as if somebody is talking to you underwater or from across the room.
- Check twice to make certain the correct batteries are used. Your hearing aid can be damaged by the wrong battery. (Sometimes, the wrong kind of battery can be purchased in the right size, so double-checking is crucial.)
- Swap out the batteries if your hearing aid is manufactured to allow that. In certain situations, rechargeable batteries are sealed into the device, and if that’s the situation, you may have to bring the hearing aid to a professional.
- Make certain you have completely charged batteries. Allow your rechargeable batteries to charge overnight or at least for several hours.
Try Cleaning Every Surface
Hearing aids, naturally, spend a lot of time in your ears. And your ears have a lot going on inside of them. So it’s no surprise that your hearing aids can get a little dirty while helping you hear. Most hearing aid models are manufactured to handle some earwax accumulation, but it’s a practical idea to have a regular cleaning plan too. Here are a few of the problems that can come from too much buildup:
- Muffled sound: Earwax and other buildup can make your hearing aid sound like it’s buried beneath something.
- Feedback: It’s possible that earwax buildup can obstruct the feedback canceling functions of your hearing aid, causing you to hear a whining noise.
- Discomfort: Earwax can buildup 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:
- 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 directed by the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Make sure you are bringing your hearing aids to a specialist for regular cleaning and maintenance.
- Check the earwax filter to make sure it’s clean; replace it if needed.
- Lightly clean your hearing aids, as per the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Try Giving Yourself a Little Time
The hearing aid itself isn’t always the issue. When you first put in your hearing aids, your brain needs to get accustomed to hearing the outside world again. Certain sounds (the buzzing of an air conditioner, for instance) may at first come across as unpleasantly loud. And some consonants frequently sound louder than the rest of the speech.
These are all indications that your brain is racing to catch up to sound again and, before long, you’ll adjust.
But it’s worthwhile to get help with any problems before too much time passes. If your hearing aids are not comfortable or you’re experiencing constant noise issues or things don’t seem to be working exactly the way they should be, we can help get you back on track and make sure you’re enjoying, not enduring, your hearing aids.