Hearing aids have been demonstrated to benefit your health in surprising ways including enhancing cognitive abilities, minimizing depression, and decreasing your risk of falls. Which is why when your hearing aids seem like they fail to function properly, it’s so frustrating. When you begin noticing screeching feedback, or when your hearing aids abruptly stop working, quick solutions can be the difference between a lovely family dinner or a miserable one.
The good news is, there are some practical troubleshooting measures you can take which could alleviate or manage some typical hearing aid issues. The sooner you ascertain what’s wrong with your hearing aid, the sooner you can get back to what’s important.
Try Changing The Batteries
One of the most common issues with hearing aids is a low battery. Rechargeable batteries come standard with many hearing aid models. Other devices are designed to have their batteries swapped out. Here are a few of the symptoms that might give you a clue that the batteries are the bad guy when your device goes on the fritz:
- Hearing aids won’t turn on: There’s a good possibility that your battery is the problem if your hearing aid keeps shutting itself off or won’t turn on at all.
- Dull sound quality: It seems like somebody is talking to you underwater or from across the room.
- Weak sounds: You’re struggling to hear what’s happening around you and that seems to be occurring more and more.
- If you have replaceable batteries, swap them out regularly. You might have to take your hearing aid in to a professional if the battery is sealed inside.
- Make sure the batteries are fully charged. If your hearing aid is equipped with rechargeable batteries, let them charge for several hours or overnight.
- Double-check to make certain the right batteries are used. Your hearing aid can be damaged by the wrong battery. (Occasionally, a battery will appear to be the same size as a different battery so it’s essential that you be careful and check twice.)
Try Cleaning Every Surface
Obviously, hearing aids log a lot of time inside your ears. And your ears have a lot going on inside of them. 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 made to deal with some earwax, it’s a practical idea to get them cleaned once in a while. A few problems linked 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 exchanged.
- Muffled sound: If your hearing aid sounds like it’s hiding behind something, it might just be. There might be earwax or other buildup getting in the way.
- Feedback: It’s possible that earwax buildup can obstruct the feedback canceling functions of your hearing aid, causing you to hear a whistling sound.
Here’s what you do about it:
- Bringing your hearing aid to a professional for routine upkeep is an important procedure.
- Check the earwax filter to ensure it’s clean; replace it if needed.
- Clean your hearing aid carefully in the way that the manufacturer has directed.
- Double-check the tip of the hearing aid to make sure it is not covered or plugged by debris or earwax. The manufacturer will typically supply a cleaning tool which can be used along with the manufacturer’s cleaning instruction.
You May Simply Need a Little Time
The hearing aid itself isn’t necessarily the issue. 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. As your mind adapts, you might notice that some sounds are unpleasantly loud (the hum of the refrigerator, for example). And some consonants often sound louder than the rest of the speech.
As your brain works to catch up, over time, you’ll adjust.
But it’s worthwhile to get help with any problems before too much time goes by. Your hearing aids should make your life more enjoyable, so if things aren’t working the way they should be, or your hearing aids are uncomfortable, give us a call, we can help.