Hearing Health Blog

Man having troubles with his hearing aids while trying to communicate with his friend.

Have you ever had your internet disappear right as you’re almost to the best part of your favorite Netflix movie? Instead of discovering who won the baking show, you have to watch an endless spinning circle. And so you just wait. Maybe it’s your modem, might be your router, possibly it’s the internet company, or maybe it’ll just fix itself. It’s not a very good feeling.

Technology can be enormously frustrating when it doesn’t work correctly. Your hearing aids certainly fall into this category. When they’re working correctly, hearing aids can help you stay connected with the ones you love and better hear co-workers when they speak to you.

But when they quit working, your hearing loss symptoms can abruptly become a lot more frustrating. You’ve been let down by the technology you count on. Why would your hearing aids just stop working? So how do you cope with that? Well, there are three common ways that hearing aids can fail, here’s how you can begin to identify and troubleshoot those issues.

Hearing aids can often have three common issues

Hearing aids are complex devices. Even still, there are some common problems that individuals with hearing aids might experience. Let’s take a look at possible causes of these problems and potential fixes.

Feedback and whistling

So, maybe you’re trying to have a conversation with your family or watch your favorite show and you begin to hear a horrific whistling noise. Or maybe you notice some feedback. You begin to think, “this is weird, what’s up with this whistling”?

Feedback and whistling can be caused by these possible issues:

  • Earwax accumulation in your ear canal can compromise the way your hearing aid functions. This is a fairly common one. That includes making your hearing aid whistle or feedback. If possible, you can attempt to clean some earwax out of your ear or consult with us about the best way to do that (do not use a cotton swab).
  • You might not have your hearing aids seated properly in your ears. Try to take them out and re-seat them. You can also try reducing the volume (if this works, you might find some short-term relief, but it also likely means that the fit isn’t quite right and you should speak with us about it).
  • For individuals who wear behind-the-ear hearing aids, the tubing that connects your earmold with your hearing aid may have become compromised. Take a close look to see if the tube may have separated or might be damaged somehow.

Depending on the underlying cause of the feedback, we can help you resolve these problems if you can’t fix them on your own.

Hearing aids not producing sound

Your hearing aids are supposed to make, well, sound. That’s what they’re created to do! So if you find yourself thinking, “I can’t hear any sound coming from my hearing aid,” well, then something is certainly wrong. So what could be the explanation when hearing aids work but no sound comes through? Well, there are a couple of things:

  • Batteries: Be sure your batteries are fully charged. And whether your batteries are rechargeable or not, it may be worth swapping them out for new ones.
  • Your settings: If you have them, flip through your personalized settings. It’s feasible your hearing devices are not on the right custom setting (so maybe your hearing aids think you’re in a concert hall instead of around the kitchen table). This incorrect setting could throw off the sound you’re hearing.
  • Power: Everybody forgets to turn their hearing aids on once in a while. Make sure that isn’t the issue. Then you can eliminate that as possible issues.
  • Earwax buildup: Here we go again with the earwax! Inspect your device for signs of earwax on the microphone or speakers or any sensitive parts. You want to make certain the device is nice and clean.

We’re here for you if these steps don’t clear up your issues. We’ll be able to help you identify the next steps, and whether maintenance, repair, or replacement is required.

Your ears hurt while you’re wearing your hearing aids

Maybe your hearing aids are fine functionally but they hurt when you put them in. And you’re most likely wondering why your hearing aids would make your ears hurt. This sort of discomfort is not exactly conducive to wearing your hearing aids on a day-to-day basis. So, why do they ache?

  • Time: Usually, it just takes some time to get used to your hearing aids. Each individual will have a different adjustment period. When you first get your new hearing aids, we can help you get a reasonable concept of the adjustment period you can expect. Also, speak with us about any discomfort you may be experiencing.
  • Fit: The most obvious problem can be the fit. After all, most hearing aids work best when they fit tightly. So when your hearing aids aren’t fitting quite right, there can be some pain. Many hearing aids can be tailored to your particular ears. The better the fit, the fewer issues you’ll have with pain over the long haul. If you come see us, we can help you get the best fit for your device.

Take your new hearing aid out for a test ride

One of the best ways to avoid possible issues with hearing aids is to take them out for a bit of a test drive before you decide. Most of the time we will have loaner pairs for you to try out before you make a decision.

Selecting the correct hearing aids, adjusting them to fit your requirements, and helping with any ongoing issues you might have, are all things we will help with. We will be your resource for any assistance you need.

And that’s most likely more dependable than your internet company.

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