Hearing aids have been shown to support your health in surprising ways including boosting cognitive abilities, minimizing depression, and decreasing your risk of falls. Which is why it can be so irritating when these devices fail to function properly. When you start detecting buzzing feedback, or when your hearing aids abruptly go silent, expedient solutions can be the difference between a wonderful family dinner or a miserable one.
Fortunately, some of the most fundamental hearing aid problems can be eased with a few basic troubleshooting measures. figuring out what’s wrong with your hearing aid as quickly as you will can you back to what’s important all the sooner.
Maybe The Batteries Need to be Changed
A low battery is one of the most common issues with hearing aids. Rechargeable batteries come standard with many hearing aid models. Changeable batteries are standard on other hearing aids. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it most likely 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 possibility the battery is the primary issue.
- Weak sounds: You feel like you are always struggling to hear what’s going on around you.
- Dull sound quality: It feels as if somebody is talking to you underwater or from across the room.
Here’s what you do about it:
- Verify that the batteries are fully charged. If your hearing aid comes with rechargeable batteries, let them charge for a few hours or overnight.
- Having the correct batteries is crucial so make sure you double check that. Putting the wrong kind of battery in your hearing aid can cause malfunctions. (Sometimes, the wrong kind of battery can be purchased in the correct size, so double-checking is crucial.)
- Exchange the batteries if your hearing aid is designed to allow that. In some cases, rechargeable batteries are sealed into the device, and if that’s the situation, you may have to bring the hearing aid to a specialist.
Every Surface Needs to be Cleaned
Needless to say, hearing aids log a lot of time inside of your ears. And your ears have a lot going on inside of them. So it’s not surprising that your hearing aids will get a little dirty in the process of helping you hear. Despite the fact that hearing aids are made to cope with some earwax, it’s a practical idea to get them cleaned once in a while. A few problems related to buildup and dirt may include:
- Muffled sound: Earwax and other buildup can cause your hearing aid to sound like it’s buried underneath something.
- Feedback: It’s possible that earwax buildup can obstruct the feedback canceling functions of your hearing aid, causing you to hear a whining sound.
- Discomfort: Earwax can buildup to the point where your hearing aid fits a little tight. The plastic will sometimes need to be replaced if it begins to harden.
Here’s what you do about it:
- Double-check the tip of the hearing aid to ensure it is not covered or clogged by debris or earwax. The manufacturer will normally supply a cleaning tool which can be used along with the manufacturer’s cleaning instruction.
- Clean your hearing aid lightly in the way that the manufacturer has advised.
- Bringing your hearing aid to a professional for routine upkeep is an essential procedure.
- Maintain the filter by checking it and, if needed, replacing it.
You May Simply Need Some Time
The hearing aid itself isn’t necessarily the issue. When you first pop in your hearing aids, your brain needs to get used to hearing the outside world again. Particular sounds (the buzzing of an air conditioner, for instance) may initially come across as unpleasantly loud. You might also detect that particular consonant sounds might seem overly pronounced.
As your brain works to catch up, before long, you’ll adjust.
But it’s important to get help with any issues before too much time passes. 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.