Common Hearing Aid Problems
While hearing aids work perfectly most of the time, they – like all technology – can begin to malfunction. Check out the list of common problems associated with hearing aids and how you can likely solve the issues at home before scheduling an appointment with your hearing care provider.
Hearing aids stopped working
If the hearing aid isn’t working, check that the hearing aid is turned on and that the volume is set to the appropriate level. Next, check the battery’s life by using a battery tester and ensure the battery you’re using is inserted correctly into the devices. Lastly, make sure the hearing aids are free of wax and other debris that could be causing deadened sound.
Hearing aids are whistling
Sometimes, hearing aids begin to emit feedback noises, such as whistling. Should this begin to occur, check that the volume isn’t set too high. It is also important to ensure your hearing aids are placed properly into the ear canal. If they fit too snugly, feedback can occur. Changing fit is common with hearing aids, as the size and shape of one’s ear changes over time.
The sound is too quiet or distorted
Sometimes, hearing aids begin to amplify sound less efficiently. If your hearing aids are producing quieter sound, first check the battery’s life with a battery tester. Next, check the earmold and earmold tubing to see if they are free from wax or moisture that could be damming up the sound. Often times a good cleaning can help sound travel more efficiently, creating the right amplification needed for your type and degree of hearing loss.
Short battery life
If you find yourself replacing your batteries more often than suggested by your hearing healthcare professional, make sure you are practicing prudent maintenance and care habits. For example, avoid leaving the battery in the hearing aid overnight and make sure to store the batteries in a cool, dry place. Excessive heat or moisture can wreak havoc on batteries.
Call your hearing care professional
Should the at-home troubleshooting tips fail, make sure to call your hearing healthcare professional right away for additional help. They will be able to determine the cause and severity of the damage and, from there, can suggest whether to repair or replace your hearing aids.