Reducing your chance of depression, minimizing the danger of falling, and increasing cognitive ability are some of the unsuspected health advantages that have been proven to come from using hearing aids. Which is why when your hearing aids seem like they fail to function properly, it’s so infuriating. When you start noticing buzzing feedback, or when your hearing aids abruptly stop working, quick solutions can make the difference between a pleasant family dinner or a miserable one.
Fortunately, some of the most fundamental hearing aid issues can be eased with a few basic troubleshooting measures. figuring out what’s happening with your hearing aid as fast as possible will can you back to what’s important all the sooner.
Maybe The Batteries Need to be Swapped Out
A low battery is one of the most prevalent challenges with hearing aids. Rechargeable batteries come standard with many hearing aid models. Other devices are manufactured to have their batteries changed. Here are a few of the symptoms that may lead you to believe the batteries are the culprit when your device goes on the fritz:
- Dull sound quality: It seems like someone is talking to you underwater or from across the room.
- 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.
- Weak sounds: You’re struggling to hear what’s taking place around you and that seems to be occurring more and more.
- Double-check to make certain the right batteries are used. Your hearing aid can be damaged by the incorrect battery. (Sometimes, the wrong type of battery can be purchased in the correct size, so double-checking is crucial.)
- Make certain you have completely charged batteries. Let your rechargeable batteries charge overnight or at least for several hours.
- If you have replaceable batteries, swap them out on a regular basis. In certain cases, rechargeable batteries are sealed into the device, and if that’s the situation, you might need to bring the hearing aid to a professional.
Try to Clean Every Surface
Needless to say, hearing aids log a lot of time inside your ears. And there’s a lot happening in there (your ears are like party rooms, only more hygienic). So in the process of helping you hear, it’s no surprise that your hearing aid can get a little dirty. In spite of the fact that hearing aids are designed to cope with some earwax, it’s a good idea to get them cleaned now and again. A few problems connected to buildup and dirt might include:
- Discomfort: If they feel as if they’re suddenly too large for your ears, it could be because earwax buildup has started interfering with the fit. The plastic will occasionally need to be replaced if it starts to harden.
- Muffled sound: If your hearing aid sounds like it’s lost behind something, it might just be. There might be earwax or other accumulation getting in the way.
- Feedback: It’s possible that earwax buildup can interfere with the feedback canceling features of your hearing aid, causing you to hear a whistling noise.
- Make sure you are bringing your hearing aids to a specialist for regular cleaning and maintenance.
- Take care of the filter by examining it and, if needed, replacing it.
- Clean your hearing aid carefully in the way that the manufacturer has recommended.
- Double-check the tip of the hearing aid to make sure it is not covered or plugged by earwax or debris. Clean with your cleaning tool or as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions.
Try Giving Yourself Some Time
Sometimes, the issue isn’t a problem with the hearing aid. When your brain isn’t used to hearing the outside world, it can take a little bit of time to adjust to your new hearing aids. Particular sounds (the buzzing of an air conditioner, for example) may initially seem unpleasantly loud. And certain consonants frequently sound louder than the rest of the speech.
These are all indications that your brain is racing to catch up to sound again and, before long, you’ll adjust.
But it’s worthwhile to get help with any problems before too much time goes by. If your hearing aids are uncomfortable or you’re experiencing constant noise problems or things don’t seem to be working exactly the way they should be, we can help get you back on track and ensure you’re enjoying, not enduring, your hearing aids.