Reducing your chance of depression, minimizing your risk of falling, and enhancing cognitive ability are some of the surprising health advantages that have been proven to come from using hearing aids. Which is why when these devices seem like they fail to function properly, it’s so frustrating. When you start noticing buzzing feedback, or when your hearing aids abruptly stop working, expedient solutions can make the difference between a wonderful family dinner or a difficult one.
Fortunately, some of the most basic hearing aid problems can be eased with a few practical troubleshooting steps. Finding out what’s happening with your hearing aid as quickly 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 prevalent problems with hearing aids is a low battery. Rechargeable batteries come standard with many hearing aid models. Other devices are manufactured to have their batteries changed. If you’re going through any of these symptoms, it probably means the batteries are the reason for your hearing aid problems.
- Hearing aids won’t turn on: There’s a good possibility that your battery is to blame if your hearing aid keeps turning itself off or doesn’t turn on at all.
- Weak sounds: You’re battling to hear what’s happening around you and that seems to be occurring more frequently.
- Dull sound quality: Voices sound dull like they are far away or underwater.
- Make certain you have fully charged batteries. Allow your rechargeable batteries to charge overnight or for at least a few hours.
- Having the correct batteries is essential so make sure you double check that. Your hearing aid can be damaged by the incorrect battery. (Sometimes, a battery will seem to be the same size as a different battery so it’s crucial that you be cautious and check twice.)
- If you have replaceable batteries, swap them out regularly. You may have to bring your hearing aid in to a specialist if the battery is sealed inside.
Try Cleaning Every Surface
Obviously, hearing aids log a lot of time inside of your ears. And your ears have a lot going on inside of them. So while helping you hear, it’s not surprising that your hearing aid can get a little dirty. Despite the fact that hearing aids are made to deal with some earwax, it’s a good idea to have them cleaned now and again. Here are a few of the issues that can come from too much buildup:
- Discomfort: If they feel as if they’re suddenly too large for your ears, it might be because earwax buildup has begun interfering with the fit. The plastic will occasionally need to be replaced if it starts to harden.
- Muffled sound: Earwax and other buildup can cause your hearing aid to sound like it’s buried beneath something.
- Feedback: The feedback canceling function on your hearing aid can be interrupted by earwax buildup causing a whistling sound.
Here’s what you do about it:
- Taking your hearing aid to a professional for routine upkeep is an important procedure.
- Maintain the filter by examining it and, when needed, replacing it.
- The tip of your hearing aid can become covered and clogged up by earwax and debris so check for that. The manufacturer will typically supply a cleaning tool which can be used along with the manufacturer’s cleaning instruction.
- Carefully clean your hearing aids, as per the manufacturer’s guidelines.
You May Simply Need a Little Time
The hearing aid itself isn’t always the issue. When you first pop in your hearing aids, your brain needs to get used to hearing the outside world again. As your mind adjust, you might notice that specific sounds are unpleasantly loud (the hum of the refrigerator, for instance). You may also detect that particular consonant sounds may seem overly pronounced.
As your brain works to catch up, over time, you’ll adapt.
But it’s worthwhile to get help with any issues before too much time passes. Your hearing aids should make your life more enjoyable, so if things aren’t working the way they ought to be, or your hearing aids are uncomfortable, give us a call, we can help.