Hearing Aid Troubleshooting

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For many people that are hard of hearing, a hearing aid can enhance their quality of life no end. Straining to hear conversations at dinner parties or having to increase the volume on the TV isn’t fun. Forget about the feeling of isolation and embrace a nifty little hearing aid to help you hear with clarity once again. Just like any piece of kit, hearing aids can be a little problematic. You may choose a more traditional looking behind the ear hearing aid, or you might fancy a new hidden from sight tiny digital hearing aid.

It doesn't matter which type of hearing aid you choose; they can sometimes be a little less reliable than you would like. If you are having issues with yours, check out this guide to ensure that you maintain the best hearing experience.

No sound

If there is no sound amplification when you put your hearing aid in your ear, something is clearly wrong.

Make sure that your hearing aid is turned on. Sometimes, the button is pushed incorrectly, or you may accidentally touch it twice turning it back off.

  • Ensure the volume is up. Sometimes we can mute the hearing aid by accident. 
  • Ensure that your battery is charged up. If you have charged it the night before, and the hearing aid isn’t working, your battery may have reached the end of its life, no matter how much recharging you do.
  • Check the receiver tube. Clean it, if it appears a little blocked with dust or wax. BTE hearing aids are prone to this problem and must be cleaned regularly.

Feedback issues

If your hearing aid has sound but this is accompanied with whistling or sonar like whale noises, then it becomes unusable. Wearing your hearing aid is worse than not hearing at all.

  • When fitting your hearing aid, your head should be straight. Misalignment or turning your head as you secure your hearing aid, can make the feedback sounds a lot worse. Digital ITE hearing aids should be less prone to feedback and whistling than older hearing aids.
  • Check the integrity of your hearing aid. Older styles like BTE hearing aids have tubing that needs cleaning regularly. Any cracks can cause unpleasant whistling. If you do see holes in your tubing or you notice that the microphone is broken, then a visit to your audiologist is in order to replace your current hearing aid.
  • If your hearing aid tube looks sound but you are still hearing feedback, it might not be the fault of your hearing aid at all. Your hearing may be deteriorating. Ensure that you contact your audiologist. These professionals can check your hearing and ears for any other problems that could be causing the unfamiliar sounds

Sounds are too intense

If you are new to hearing aids, you may find that some sounds are too sharp. They can make you wince with their intensity. Try not to worry about this. Every person who is hard of hearing that tries a hearing aid for the first time must adapt. While the sound of footsteps behind you when you walk and the heater turning on may be frustrating, the sound of birds tweeting, and trees rustling can be joyous

Hearing aids help you to hear sounds that you won't have heard for many years on some occasions. Your body gets used to not hearing these sounds and you almost forget them. Adapting to a hearing aid can take some time. You might struggle to zone out some of the background noises that are now so much more intense. Chat to your audiologist if you are worried about this

Sound cuts out

If sound is intermittent, your hearing aid becomes unreliable and can prevent you from enjoying social situations

  • Check the microphone of your hearing aid. Sometimes the tiniest piece of dust can prevent it from working at its optimum. Use a tiny cotton bud head to wash your hearing aid.
  • Change up the settings. Reset them to default and see if the sound is still cutting out. If it isn't, you can then reinsert your personalized settings.
  • Ensure that your battery is fully charged. If it is running low, intermittent sound can occur. Have a routine of charging up your hearing aid battery every evening to give you a full day's worth of charge

If you are still having trouble with your hearing aid, consider checking out what Active Life Hearing has to offer. An audiologist will offer professional advice and you can be sure of better healthcare. Call us at 561-221-0450 to find out more.