Try This First When Your Hearing Aids Are Slipping

Woman’s hearing aids no longer working well and she is straining to hear.

If you have hearing aids, you should be capable of hearing, right? When they aren’t working correctly, it can be thoroughly frustrating, it’s a total “You had ONE job” situation. The good news is, with regular upkeep, your hearing aids should continue to function efficiently.

Go through this list before you do anything hasty. It may be time to come in and talk with us if you find it isn’t one of these common problems. Your hearing may have changed, for example, or you might need a hearing aid recalibration.

Potential Pitfall: Low Batteries

While hearing aid batteries have gotten considerably smaller and lifespans are improving, the batteries still need to be occasionally replaced or recharged. So staying on top of charging your batteries is crucial. The first thing you need to do if your hearing aid starts to falter or cut in and out is check the battery.

The fix: Keep ‘em Fresh

Purchasing a battery tester, especially if you like to stock up, is a worthwhile idea. Even if you keep batteries sealed until you need to use them, always a good idea, they have a limited shelf life, and so the last batteries in that huge pack you bought months ago likely won’t hold a charge as long as the first few did. Another trick: Wait five minutes after you unpack new batteries before you install them. This gives the zinc time to activate, and can potentially help the batteries last longer.

Potential Pitfall: Gross Things Like Wax And Grime

No matter how clean you keep your ears, and if you have a tough time hearing, you’re much more likely than the average person to stay on top of earwax, your hearing aids are going to accumulate dirt and debris. If you’re able to hear but sounds seem distorted or slightly off, dirt may be the cause.

The fix: Clean ‘em Out—And Keep Them Clean!

There are plenty of products on the market specifically for cleaning hearing aids, but you can DIY it with items you already have around the house. Once you’ve taken apart your hearing aids, use a soft, microfiber cloth (like you’d use to clean the screen of a computer or smartphone) to wipe down the components.

You can help keep your hearing aids from collecting excess grime by employing basic hygiene practices. Clean and dry your hands before you handle your hearing aids, and take them out while you’re doing anything, like washing your face, styling your hair, or even shaving, that may put them in danger of being spritzed, sprayed, or splattered.

Potential Pitfall: Trapped Moisture

Moisture can wreak havoc on hearing aids, and it doesn’t take very much to do so (think working up a sweat, not snorkeling). Even humidity in the air can be a problem, blocking up the hearing aid’s air vents or draining more quickly. Depending on how much moisture’s gotten in, you might experience problems from sound distortion to static, to crackling. They may even appear to quit altogether.

The fix: Keep ‘em Dry

Keep the battery door open when you store your hearing aid overnight and any longer than that, remove the battery. Any captured moisture will be able to evaporate and air will be able to flow with almost no effort on your part.

Store hearing aids in a cool, dry place. The bedroom is a practical spot, skip the kitchen or bathroom. Keeping them in the bathroom may seem convenient but there’s just too much moisture. You will most likely want to purchase a hearing aid storage box if you live in an overly humid environment. Most models use a desiccant in the form of a little moisture absorbing packet, but some more costly models remove moisture with electronics.

If you’ve tried all of these and none of them are helping then it may be time for you to give us a call.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.