Reducing your chance of depression, decreasing the danger of falling, and enhancing cognitive ability are some of the unsuspected health advantages that have been shown to come from wearing hearing aids. Which is why it can be so irritating when these devices fail to function properly. When you start observing screeching feedback, or when your hearing aids abruptly stop working, quick solutions can be the difference between a wonderful family dinner or a miserable one.
Fortunately, some of the most basic hearing aid issues can be eased with a few practical troubleshooting measures. Finding out what’s happening with your hearing aid as fast as you will get you back to what’s important all the sooner.
Try Swapping Out The Batteries
One of the most common issues with hearing aids is a low battery. Rechargeable batteries come standard with some hearing aid models. Replaceable batteries are standard on other models. Here are some of the symptoms that may lead you to believe the batteries are the culprit when your device goes on the fritz:
- Hearing aids won’t turn on: There’s a good possibility that your battery is the problem if your hearing aid keeps turning itself off or won’t turn on at all.
- Dull sound quality: Voices sound muffled like they are distant or underwater.
- Weak sounds: You feel like you are constantly struggling to hear what’s going on around you.
- Having the correct batteries is crucial so make sure you double check that. Your hearing aid can be damaged by the incorrect battery. (Occasionally, a battery will seem to be the same size as a different battery so it’s crucial that you be cautious and check twice.)
- Make sure you have fully charged batteries. If your hearing aid comes with rechargeable batteries, let them charge for a few hours or overnight.
- If you have replaceable batteries, replace them on a regular basis. You may have to bring your hearing aid in to a specialist if the battery is sealed inside.
Every Surface Needs to be Cleaned
Hearing aids, naturally, spend a lot of time in your ears. And there’s a lot going on in there (your ears are like party rooms, only more hygienic). So it’s no surprise that your hearing aids will get somewhat dirty in the process of helping you hear. Despite the fact that hearing aids are made to deal with some earwax, it’s a good idea to have them cleaned once in a while. A few problems connected to buildup and dirt could include:
- Muffled sound: If your hearing aid sounds like it’s hiding behind something, it might just be. There might be earwax or other accumulation getting in the way.
- Feedback: The feedback canceling feature on your hearing aid can be disrupted by earwax buildup creating a whistling noise.
- Discomfort: If they feel as if they’re suddenly too large for your ears, it may be because earwax buildup has begun interfering with the fit. The plastic will sometimes need to be replaced if it starts to harden.
Here’s what you do about it:
- Taking your hearing aid to a professional for routine upkeep is an essential procedure.
- Lightly clean your hearing aids, as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Take care of the filter by examining it and, if needed, replacing it.
- Double-check the tip of the hearing aid to ensure it’s not covered or blocked by earwax or debris. Clean with your cleaning tool or as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions.
You May Simply Need Some Time
The hearing aid itself isn’t always the problem. When your brain isn’t used to hearing the outside world, it can take a little bit of time to get used to your new hearing aids. As your mind adapts, you might notice that certain sounds are unpleasantly loud (the hum of the refrigerator, for instance). And some consonants often sound louder than the rest of the speech.
These are all indications that your brain is racing to catch up to auditory stimuli again and, in time, you’ll adapt.
However, it’s important not to let too much time pass, with any issue, before getting help. Your hearing aids should make your life more enjoyable, so if things aren’t working the way they should be, or your hearing aids are uncomfortable, contact us, we can help.