Lowering your chance of depression, minimizing the danger of falling, and enhancing cognitive ability are some of the unexpected health advantages that have been proven to come from using hearing aids. Which is why when your hearing aids seem like they malfunction, it’s so infuriating. The difference between an enjoyable dinner with family or a terrible time can be made by finding a fast solution when your hearing aid begins screeching with feedback or goes silent entirely.
The good news is, there are some practical troubleshooting steps you can take which could ease or address some common hearing aid problems. figuring out what’s happening with your hearing aid as quickly as possible will get you back to what’s important all the sooner.
Maybe The Batteries Need to be Swapped Out
One of the most common issues with hearing aids is a low battery. Some hearing aids come with rechargeable batteries. Changeable batteries are standard on other hearing aids. Here are a few of the symptoms that might lead you to believe the batteries are the culprit when your device starts to malfunction:
- Dull sound quality: It seems like someone is talking to you underwater or from across the room.
- Weak sounds: You feel like you are constantly struggling to hear what’s happening around you.
- Hearing aids won’t turn on: There’s a good possibility that your battery is the issue if your hearing aid keeps shutting itself off or won’t turn on at all.
Here’s what you do about it:
- Make sure you have completely charged batteries. If your hearing aid is equipped with rechargeable batteries, charge them for several hours or overnight.
- If you have replaceable batteries, replace them regularly. In certain situations, rechargeable batteries are sealed into the device, and if that’s the case, you may need to take the hearing aid to a specialist.
- Having the right batteries is crucial so make certain you double check that. Putting the wrong kind of battery in your hearing aid can result in malfunctions. (Sometimes, a battery will seem to be the same size as a different battery so it’s crucial that you be careful and check twice.)
Every Surface Should be Cleaned
Needless to say, hearing aids log a lot of time inside your ears. And your ears have a lot going on inside of them. So it’s not surprising that your hearing aids will get somewhat dirty in the process of helping you hear. Most hearing aid models are designed to handle some earwax accumulation, but it’s a practical idea to have a regular cleaning plan also. Here are a few of the problems that can come from too much buildup:
- Discomfort: If they feel as though they’re suddenly too large for your ears, it may be because earwax buildup has started interfering with the fit. The plastic will occasionally need to be replaced if it begins to harden.
- Muffled sound: If your hearing aid sounds like it’s hiding behind something, it might just be. There could be earwax or other accumulation getting in the way.
- Feedback: The feedback canceling function on your hearing aid can be interrupted by earwax buildup generating a whistling sound.
Here’s what you do about it:
- Double-check the tip of the hearing aid to make certain it’s not covered or plugged by earwax or debris. Clean with your cleaning tool or as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Ensure you are sending your hearing aids to a professional for routine cleaning and maintenance.
- Clean your hearing aid gently in the way that the manufacturer has directed.
- Check the earwax filter to make sure it’s clean; replace it if necessary.
Try Giving Yourself a Little Time
The hearing aid itself isn’t necessarily the problem. When your brain isn’t used to hearing the outside world, it can take a little time to get used to your new hearing aids. Certain sounds (the buzzing of an air conditioner, for instance) might at first come across as unpleasantly loud. You may also notice that certain consonant sounds may seem overly pronounced.
These are all indications that your brain is racing to catch up to auditory stimuli again and, before long, you’ll adapt.
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 ought to be, or your hearing aids are uncomfortable, give us a call, we can help.