Hearing Health Blog

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

Have you ever had your internet cut right as you’re getting to the best part of your favorite Netflix show? Instead of finding out who won the baking show, you have to watch an endless spinning circle. All you can do is wait around for it to come back. Is it your internet provider, modem, router, or maybe it will just come back on its own? It’s not a very good feeling.

Technology can be tremendously frustrating when it doesn’t work correctly. Your hearing aids certainly fall into this category. Most of the time, your hearing aids will provide you with the means to stay connected to loved ones, have discussions with co-workers, and keep up with your neighbors.

But your symptoms of hearing loss can suddenly become really frustrating when your hearing aids stop working. The technology you’re depending on has let you down. How do hearing aids just quit working? So what should you do? Here are the three prevalent ways your hearing aids can malfunction and how to diagnose and identify them.

Three common issues with hearing aids (and some possible solutions)

Even though hearing aids are sophisticated technology, people may experience three common issues with them. Here’s what might be causing those issues (and what you can do to fix them).

Feedback and whistling

Maybe you suddenly begin to hear an awful high-pitched whistling while you’re trying to have a chat with a friend or family member. Or maybe you detect a bit of feedback. You start to think, “this is weird, what’s up with this whistling”?

Whistling and feedback can be caused by these possible problems:

  • You may not have your hearing aids seated properly in your ears. Try removing them and putting them back in. You can also try turning the volume down (if this works, you may find some short-term relief, but it also likely means that the fit isn’t quite right and you should talk to us about it).
  • The tubing that attaches the hearing aid with the earmold, on behind-the-ear models, can sometimes become compromised. Try to inspect this tubing as closely as possible and make sure nothing is loose and the tube doesn’t appear damaged.
  • The functionality of your hearing aid can be affected by earwax buildup in your ear canal. You’ll notice this comes up pretty regularly. That includes causing your hearing aids to whistle or feedback. You can attempt to clean some of the earwax out (never use a cotton swab) and if that fails, you can get some help from us.

If these problems aren’t easily resolved, it’s worth speaking with us about correcting the fit or sending your device in for maintenance (depending on what we determine the underlying cause of that whistling or feedback might be).

Hearing aids not producing sound

The main goal of hearing aids is to generate sound. That’s what they’re created to do! Something has certainly gone wrong if you can’t hear any sound coming from your hearing aid. So what could cause hearing aids to drop all sound? Well, there are a couple of things:

  • Your settings: If you have them, flip through your custom settings. Your hearing aids might think you’re in a huge room when you’re actually in a little room because the setting is wrong. This incorrect setting could throw off the sound you’re hearing.
  • Power: Look, we’ve all forgotten to turn the hearing aids on before. Check for this first. This possible problem can then be eliminated..
  • Earwax buildup: Here we go again with the earwax! Take a close look to see if you find any earwax on the speakers or microphone. Keep your device really clean.
  • Batteries: Make certain your batteries are fully charged. And whether your batteries are rechargeable or not, it might be worth switching them out for new ones.

If these steps don’t correct your issues, we might have the solution. Whether repair, maintenance, or replacement is your next step, we will be capable of helping you figure that out.

Your ears hurt while you’re wearing your hearing aids

What if your hearing aids work perfectly, but every time you put them in your ears, your ears start aching? And you’re most likely thinking: why do my ears ache when I use my hearing aids? This sort of discomfort is not exactly conducive to using your hearing aids on a day-to-day basis. So, what could be causing it?

  • Time: Sometimes, it just takes some time to get accustomed to your hearing aids. Each person will have a different adjustment period. When you first get your hearing aids, we can help you get a reasonable concept of the adjustment period you can anticipate. If uncomfortable ears remain, talk to us about that as well!
  • Fit: The fit of the device is the most obvious issue. Naturally, when the fit is nice and snug, your hearing aids will work best. Which means that there can occasionally be pain involved in a poor fit. Some models of hearing aid can be fit to the distinct shape of your ears. The better the fit, the fewer issues you’ll have with discomfort over the long run. If you come in for a consultation, we can help you achieve 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 for a bit of a test run before you commit. In the majority of instances we’ll let you test out a set of devices before you determine that’s the set for you.

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

And that’s a lot more than you will get from an over-the-counter hearing aid!

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