Every day, millions of people in the U.S. are using hearing aids to reconnect with the sounds of their lives. These small devices are digitally programmed and custom fitted, and are the most popular treatment to compensate for hearing loss. If you are using hearing aids, you know that putting them on every day is only part of treating a hearing loss.
Learning how to use them and wear them correctly to best serve your hearing needs requires finesse that comes with practice. This article will explain how to quickly identify four of the most common problems with your hearing aids and how to troubleshoot those problems to get them resolved.
My Hearing Aids Are Not making Any Sound
In some cases, you can easily fix this problem by yourself at home. Just visually inspecting your hearing aid for wax blocking the microphone opening or sound outlet can be the culprit. Carefully clean away any debris with something soft like a cotton stick to fix this problem quickly.
It may even be something as simple as making sure your device is switched on or the volume is turned to the correct level. Hearing aids are usually powered by closing the battery door. If the battery door will not shut easily, the battery could be installed upside down. If placed properly, the door will close easily. If the battery is installed correctly and the device is still not functioning it may be time to replace the battery. It is useful to have a hearing aid battery tester to check the voltage of the old battery to confirm that it is dead before removing the sticker from a new battery.
If you have a button to change settings, press it and listen to see if that makes a difference. There could be a problem with the settings. Try toggling between programs or memories. If you have tried all these things and your hearing aids are still not producing sound, the device could be damaged. Contact us at Active Hearing and Audiology for assistance
My Hearing Aids Sound Distorted
Distortion is often an issue with hearing aid batteries. If you detect any corrosion around the battery, it’s time to replace them. The battery contacts are the little metal prongs that connect with the battery when the door is closed. If you see corrosion there, try opening and closing the battery compartment a few times to clean the contacts. Then replace the battery and see if the sound has improved.
My Hearing Aids Are “Whistling” Or Producing Feedback
If the hearing aids are whistling while in your ears, remove them and try re-inserting them. They may not be inserted properly. Again, inspect the volume control. If the hearing aids are properly inserted and they stop whistling when you turn down the volume, there could be too much sound leaking out through the vent or around the ear mold. You may need to have the fit of your hearing aid adjusted by your hearing care professional at Active Hearing and Audiology.
The distortion may also be caused by earwax blocking your ear canals. This blockage could cause feedback in two ways: you may turn up the volume higher than normal to compensate for hearing through the wax, leaking out more sound than usual, or sound could bounce off any blockage in your ear canal and back, causing sound to leak out past the ear mold vent in your listening device. This is another instance to seek your hearing care professional or physician to have your ears cleaned thoroughly.
My Hearing Aids Are Not Loud Enough
If you have already inspected the hearing aid for blockages, checked the volume and toggled between settings, it may be time to contact us at Active Hearing and Audiology. Consider whether your hearing may have changed. If it has been awhile since your last hearing evaluation, you may need to schedule a check-up with your hearing care practitioner at Active Hearing and Audiology.
Our team will help you make adjustments to your hearing aids. We may also recommend an updated hearing test to see if your hearing abilities have changed. With repairs, we may be able to fix the issue in the office on the same day. If one or both of your hearing aids need factory repairs, our team can take care of that as well.
When you take the initiative to make sure your hearing device is functioning at its optimum performance, you can focus more on living a life of hearing healthy and clear! Contact us at Active Hearing and Audiology today if you have issues with your hearing aids.