Reducing your chance of depression, minimizing your risk of falling, and improving cognitive ability are some of the unsuspected health advantages that have been proven to come from using hearing aids. Which is why it can be so irritating when these devices have malfunctions. When you start noticing screeching feedback, or when your hearing aids suddenly stop working, quick solutions can be the difference between a pleasant family dinner or a miserable one.
Fortunately, some of the most basic hearing aid issues can be reduced with a few practical troubleshooting measures. The sooner you determine what’s going on with your hearing aid, the sooner you can get back to what’s important.
Try Swapping Out The Batteries
One of the most prevalent issues with hearing aids is a low battery. Rechargeable batteries come standard with some hearing aid models. Other devices are designed to have their batteries swapped out. Here are a few of the symptoms that might lead you to believe the batteries are the bad guy when your device starts to malfunction:
- Dull sound quality: It feels as if someone is talking to you underwater or from across the room.
- Hearing aids won’t turn on: There’s a good possibility that your battery is to blame if your hearing aid keeps turning itself off or won’t turn on at all.
- Weak sounds: You’re struggling to hear what’s taking place around you and that seems to be occurring more frequently.
Here’s what you do about it:
- If you have replaceable batteries, replace them regularly. You might need to bring your hearing aid in to a specialist if the battery is sealed inside.
- Having the right batteries is essential so make sure you double check that. Your hearing aid can be damaged by the incorrect battery. (Occasionally, a battery will appear to be the same size as a different battery so it’s crucial that you be cautious and check twice.)
- Make certain you have fully charged batteries. Allow your rechargeable batteries to charge overnight or for at least a few hours.
Try to Clean Every Surface
Needless to say, hearing aids log a lot of time inside your ears. And there’s a lot taking place in there (your ears are like party rooms, only more hygienic). So in the process of helping you hear, it’s no surprise that your hearing aid can get somewhat dirty. Most hearing aid models are manufactured to deal with a certain amount of earwax accumulation, but it’s a practical idea to have a regular cleaning schedule too. Here are a few of the issues that can come from too much buildup:
- Discomfort: If they feel as though they’re suddenly too large for your ears, it could be because earwax accumulation has started interfering with the fit. The plastic will sometimes need to be replaced if it begins to harden.
- Feedback: The feedback canceling feature on your hearing aid can be disrupted by earwax buildup creating a whistling noise.
- Muffled sound: If your hearing aid sounds like it’s hiding behind something, maybe it is. There could be earwax or other buildup getting in the way.
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. The manufacturer will often provide a cleaning tool which can be employed along with the manufacturer’s cleaning instruction.
- Clean your hearing aid carefully in the way that the manufacturer has advised.
- Take care of the filter by checking it and, when needed, replacing it.
- Make sure you are sending your hearing aids to a professional for routine maintenance and cleaning.
You May Simply Need a Little Time
In some cases, the problem isn’t a problem with the hearing aid. When you first pop 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. You might also notice that certain consonant sounds may 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. If your hearing aids are uncomfortable or you’re experiencing constant noise problems or things don’t seem to be working exactly the way they ought to be, we can help get you back on track and ensure you’re enjoying, not enduring, your hearing aids.