Hearing aids have been shown to improve your health in surprising ways including enhancing cognitive function, minimizing depression, and limiting your risk of falls. Which is why it can be so frustrating when these devices fail to function properly. When you begin noticing screeching feedback, or when your hearing aids abruptly stop working, quick solutions can make the difference between a wonderful family dinner or a miserable one.
Luckily, there are some basic troubleshooting steps you can take which may ease or manage some typical hearing aid issues. Finding out what’s happening with your hearing aid as fast 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 prevalent challenges with hearing aids. Rechargeable batteries come standard with many hearing aid models. Other devices are manufactured to have their batteries swapped out. If you’re going through any of these symptoms, it most likely means the batteries are to blame for your hearing aid problems.
- Dull sound quality: It feels like someone is talking to you underwater or from across the room.
- Weak sounds: You’re struggling to hear what’s taking place around you and that seems to be occurring more and more.
- Hearing aids won’t turn on: If your hearing aid doesn’t turn on, or won’t stay on, there’s a good chance the battery is the primary issue.
Here’s what you do about it:
- Ensure the batteries are completely charged. If your hearing aid has rechargeable batteries, charge them for several hours or overnight.
- Replace the batteries if your hearing aid is manufactured to allow that. In some cases, rechargeable batteries are sealed inside of the device, and if that’s the situation, you might need to take the hearing aid to a specialist.
- Having the correct batteries is essential so make certain you double check that. Your hearing aid can be damaged by the wrong battery. (Sometimes, a battery will appear to be the same size as a different battery so it’s crucial that you be careful and check twice.)
Try to Clean Every Surface
Hearing aids, obviously, spend a lot of time in your ears. And your ears have a lot taking place inside of them. So in the process of helping you hear, it’s not surprising that your hearing aid can get somewhat dirty. Most hearing aid models are manufactured to handle a certain amount of earwax buildup, but it’s a good idea to have a regular cleaning plan too. A few issues related to buildup and dirt might include:
- Discomfort: Earwax can buildup to the point where the fit of your hearing aid becomes a little tight. Occasionally, the plastic in the molds will harden and need to be replaced.
- Feedback: It’s possible that earwax buildup can interfere with the feedback canceling functions of your hearing aid, causing you to hear a whistling sound.
- Muffled sound: Earwax and other buildup can make your hearing aid sound like it’s buried underneath something.
Here’s what you do about it:
- Ensure you are sending your hearing aids to a specialist for regular maintenance and cleaning.
- 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.
- Take care of the filter by checking it and, if needed, replacing it.
- Clean your hearing aid lightly in the way that the manufacturer has instructed.
You May Simply Need Some Time
In some cases, the problem isn’t a problem with the hearing aid. 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. Particular sounds (the buzzing of an air conditioner, for example) might at first seem unpleasantly loud. And some consonants frequently sound louder than the rest of the speech.
As your brain works to catch up, over time, you’ll adapt.
However, it’s worthwhile not to let too much time pass, with any problem, before seeking help. If your hearing aids are uncomfortable or you’re getting constant noise issues or things don’t seem to be working exactly the way they ought to be, we can help get you back on track and make sure you’re enjoying, not enduring, your hearing aids.