Reducing your chance of depression, decreasing your risk of falling, and enhancing cognitive ability are some of the unexpected health benefits that have been proven to come from wearing hearing aids. Which is why it can be so irritating when these devices have malfunctions. The difference between an enjoyable dinner with family or a terrible time can be made by discovering a fast remedy when your hearing aid begins screeching with feedback or quits altogether.
Luckily, there are some practical troubleshooting measures you can take that could ease or address some common hearing aid issues. figuring out what’s wrong 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 Swapped Out
One of the most common problems with hearing aids is a low battery. Rechargeable batteries come standard with some hearing aid models. Other devices are designed to have their batteries changed. 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:
- Weak sounds: You feel like you are constantly struggling to hear what’s happening around you.
- Dull sound quality: It feels like somebody is talking to you underwater or from across the room.
- Hearing aids won’t turn on: If your hearing aid won’t turn on, or keeps shutting off, there’s a good possibility the battery is the principal problem.
- If you have replaceable batteries, replace them on a regular basis. In some cases, rechargeable batteries are sealed inside of the device, and if that’s the case, you may have to bring the hearing aid to a specialist.
- Make certain you have completely charged batteries. If your hearing aid comes with rechargeable batteries, let them charge for several hours or overnight.
- Check twice to make certain the right batteries are installed. Your hearing aid can be damaged by the wrong battery. (Occasionally, a battery will seem to be the same size as a different battery so it’s essential that you be cautious and check twice.)
Every Surface Should be Cleaned
Needless to say, hearing aids log a lot of time inside of your ears. And there’s a lot happening in there (your ears are like party rooms, only more hygienic). So while helping you hear, it’s not surprising that your hearing aid can get somewhat dirty. Despite the fact that hearing aids are designed to deal with some earwax, it’s a good idea to get them cleaned now and again. Here are a few of the issues that can come from too much buildup:
- Feedback: The feedback canceling function on your hearing aid can be interrupted by earwax buildup causing a whistling sound.
- Muffled sound: Earwax and other buildup can cause your hearing aid to sound like it’s buried underneath something.
- Discomfort: Earwax can accumulate to the point where your hearing aid fits a little tight. The plastic will sometimes need to be replaced if it begins to harden.
Here’s what you do about it:
- Taking your hearing aid to a professional for routine upkeep is an important procedure.
- Carefully clean your hearing aids, as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Double-check the tip of the hearing aid to make sure it’s not covered or clogged by debris or earwax. Clean with your cleaning tool or as advised by the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Examine the earwax filter to make sure it is clean; replace it if needed.
You May Just Need Some 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. Certain sounds (the buzzing of an air conditioner, for instance) might initially come across as unpleasantly loud. And certain consonants frequently sound louder than the rest of the speech.
As your brain works to catch up, before long, you’ll adapt.
But it’s important 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.