Lowering your chance of depression, minimizing your risk of falling, and increasing cognitive ability are some of the unexpected health advantages that have been shown to come from wearing hearing aids. Which is why when your hearing aids seem like they fail to function properly, it’s so infuriating. When you begin detecting screeching feedback, or when your hearing aids abruptly stop working, quick solutions can be the difference between a wonderful family dinner or a miserable one.
Luckily, there are some practical troubleshooting measures you can take that could alleviate or manage some common hearing aid problems. The sooner you ascertain what’s wrong with your hearing aid, the sooner you can get back to what’s important.
Try Swapping Out The Batteries
A low battery is one of the most prevalent challenges with hearing aids. Some hearing aids have rechargeable batteries. Changeable batteries are standard on other models. Here are some of the symptoms that might give you a clue that the batteries are the culprit when your device starts to malfunction:
- 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 doesn’t turn on at all.
- Dull sound quality: It feels as if someone is talking to you underwater or from across the room.
Here’s what you do about it:
- Make sure you have fully charged batteries. If your hearing aid is equipped with rechargeable batteries, charge them for a few hours or overnight.
- Exchange the batteries if your hearing aid is manufactured to allow that. 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.
- Check twice to make certain the right batteries are installed. Putting the wrong type of battery into your hearing aid can cause malfunctions. (At times, the wrong type of battery can be purchased in the correct size, so double-checking is crucial.)
Try Cleaning Every Surface
Hearing aids, obviously, spend a lot of time in your ears. And your ears have a lot going on inside of them. So it’s not surprising that your hearing aids may get a little dirty while helping you hear. Despite the fact that hearing aids are made to cope with some earwax, it’s a practical idea to get them cleaned once in a while. A few issues connected to buildup and dirt may include:
- Discomfort: Earwax can accumulate to the point where your hearing aid fits a little tight. Occasionally, the plastic in the molds will harden and need to be exchanged.
- 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 beneath something.
Here’s what you do about it:
- Check the earwax filter to ensure it’s clean; replace it if necessary.
- Gently clean your hearing aids, as per the manufacturer’s suggestions.
- Ensure you are sending your hearing aids to a professional for routine cleaning and maintenance.
- Double-check the tip of the hearing aid to ensure 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.
Try Giving Yourself Some Time
The hearing aid itself isn’t always the issue. When your brain isn’t used to hearing the outside world, it can take a little time to adjust to your new hearing aids. As your mind adjust, you may notice that certain sounds are unpleasantly loud (the hum of the refrigerator, for instance). You may also detect that certain consonant sounds might seem overly pronounced.
As your brain works to catch up, before long, you’ll adapt.
However, it’s important not to let too much time go by, with any issue, before getting help. If your hearing aids are uncomfortable or you’re experiencing continuous noise problems or things don’t seem to be working just the way they ought to be, we can help get you back on track and make sure you’re enjoying, not enduring, your hearing aids.