Hearing aids have been demonstrated to support your health in surprising ways including increasing 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. The difference between an enjoyable dinner with family or a terrible time can be made by finding a fast remedy when your hearing aid begins screeching with feedback or quits altogether.
The good news is, there are some basic troubleshooting measures you can take that could alleviate or address some typical hearing aid problems. The faster you ascertain what’s wrong with your hearing aid, the sooner you can go back to what’s important.
Try Changing The Batteries
One of the most prevalent problems with hearing aids is a low battery. Rechargeable batteries come standard with some hearing aid models. Replaceable batteries are standard on other hearing aids. Here are a few of the symptoms that could lead you to believe the batteries are the culprit when your device starts to malfunction:
- Dull sound quality: It seems like somebody is talking to you underwater or from across the room.
- Hearing aids won’t turn on: If your hearing aid doesn’t turn on, or keeps shutting off, there’s a good chance the battery is the principal problem.
- 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. (Sometimes, a battery will seem to be the same size as a different battery so it’s essential 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.
- If you have replaceable batteries, replace them regularly. In some cases, rechargeable batteries are sealed inside of the device, and if that’s the case, you might have to take the hearing aid to a specialist.
Try Cleaning Every Surface
Needless to say, hearing aids log a lot of time inside of your ears. And there’s a lot going on in there (your ears are like party rooms, only more hygienic). So in the process of helping you hear, it’s not surprising that your hearing aid can get a bit dirty. In spite of the fact that hearing aids are designed to deal with some earwax, it’s a good idea to get them cleaned once in a while. Here are a few of the issues that can come from too much buildup:
- Muffled sound: If your hearing aid sounds like it’s lost behind something, maybe it is. There could be earwax or other accumulation getting in the way.
- Discomfort: If they feel as though they’re suddenly too large for your ears, it could be because earwax accumulation has begun interfering with the fit. The plastic will sometimes need to be replaced if it begins to harden.
- Feedback: The feedback canceling function on your hearing aid can be disrupted by earwax buildup generating a whistling noise.
- Taking your hearing aid to a specialist for routine upkeep is an important procedure.
- Lightly clean your hearing aids, as per the manufacturer’s suggestions.
- Double-check the tip of the hearing aid to ensure it is not covered or blocked by earwax or debris. The manufacturer will normally provide a cleaning tool which can be used along with the manufacturer’s cleaning instruction.
- Examine the earwax filter to ensure it’s clean; replace it if needed.
Try Giving Yourself a Little Time
In some cases, the problem isn’t an issue with the hearing aid. When your brain isn’t used to hearing the outside world, it can take a little time to adjust to your new hearing aids. Certain sounds (the buzzing of an air conditioner, for instance) might at first seem unpleasantly loud. And some consonants often sound louder than the rest of the speech.
These are all clues that your brain is racing to catch up to auditory stimuli again and, in time, you’ll adjust.
However, it’s important not to let too much time pass, with any problem, before getting help. Your hearing aids should make your life more enjoyable, so if things aren’t working the way they ought to be, or your hearing aids are uncomfortable, give us a call, we can help.