Lowering your chance of depression, minimizing your risk of falling, and increasing cognitive ability are some of the unsuspected health benefits that have been proven to come from wearing hearing aids. Which is why it can be so aggravating when these devices fail to function properly. When you start detecting screeching feedback, or when your hearing aids abruptly stop working, quick solutions can be the difference between a pleasant family dinner or a miserable one.
Luckily, there are some basic troubleshooting steps you can take that could ease or manage some typical hearing aid problems. Finding out what’s happening with your hearing aid as quickly as you will get 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. Replaceable batteries are standard on other hearing aids. If you’re going through any of these symptoms, it most likely means the batteries are the reason for your hearing aid issues.
- Weak sounds: You feel like you are constantly struggling to hear what’s going on around you.
- Dull sound quality: Voices sound muffled like they are distant or underwater.
- Hearing aids won’t turn on: There’s a good chance that your battery is the problem if your hearing aid keeps turning itself off or doesn’t turn on at all.
- Make certain you have fully charged batteries. Allow your rechargeable batteries to charge overnight or at least for several hours.
- If you have replaceable batteries, swap them out regularly. In some cases, rechargeable batteries are sealed inside of the device, and if that’s the case, you may have to take the hearing aid to a professional.
- Check twice to make sure the correct batteries are installed. Putting the wrong kind of battery in your hearing aid can result in malfunctions. (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 Needs to be Cleaned
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 it’s no surprise that your hearing aids can get a little dirty in the process of helping you hear. Despite the fact that hearing aids are made to cope with some earwax, it’s a good idea to get them cleaned once in a while. Here are some of the issues that can come from too much buildup:
- Feedback: It’s possible that earwax buildup can interfere with the feedback canceling functions of your hearing aid, causing you to hear a whining noise.
- Discomfort: Earwax can buildup to the point where the fit of your hearing aid becomes a little tight. The plastic will sometimes need to be replaced if it starts to harden.
- Muffled sound: If your hearing aid sounds like it’s hiding behind something, it might just be. There might be earwax or other accumulation getting in the way.
- Clean your hearing aid gently in the way that the manufacturer has advised.
- Ensure you are sending your hearing aids to a professional for regular cleaning and maintenance.
- Take care of the filter by examining it and, when needed, replacing it.
- Double-check the tip of the hearing aid to make certain it is not covered or plugged by debris or earwax. The manufacturer will typically supply a cleaning tool which can be employed along with the manufacturer’s cleaning instruction.
Try Giving Yourself Some Time
Sometimes, the issue isn’t a problem with the hearing aid. When you first put in your hearing aids, your brain needs to get used to hearing the world again. As your mind adapts, you might notice that certain sounds are unpleasantly loud (the hum of the refrigerator, for instance). You might also notice that particular consonant sounds may seem overly pronounced.
These are all clues that your brain is racing to catch up to auditory stimuli again and, in time, you’ll adjust.
Even so, it’s worthwhile 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 should be, or your hearing aids are uncomfortable, contact us, we can help.