Common Hearing Aid Problems & How to Fix Them

If you have recently invested in new hearing aids then this is a huge moment. Many times, people wait seven to ten years to treat a hearing loss and nearly 70 percent avoid treating their hearing loss at all. This can lead to all sorts of chronic issues including depression, cognitive decline, and a greater risk of falls. However, once you’ve invested in hearing aids you can enjoy conversing with friends and family with greater ease, and the extended sense of independence this provides. 

An investment in hearing aids is an investment in the future. Now, part of this investment is making sure you know how to take care of them. When things go wrong, we are always here to help you through. However, there are common problems which many people experience which can be fixed by you at home. Here are some common issues with hearing aids and how to fix them.

No Sound

If you put on your hearing aids and hear nothing at all then many things could be going on. Try a couple of things first before you suspect that there is a defective issue. Deduction is the same method that scientists, researchers, and doctors use to solve and fix issues with hearing aids.

  • Check the Power Switch- This happens to us more often than some of us would like to admit. Fortunately, it is an easy fix.
  • Check the Battery- The battery powers your hearing aid, so if it becomes loose, or has run out of power then simply replacing the battery may solve this problem.
  • Check the Volume- Often the volume may be turned all the way down. 
  • Check for Blockages- Your hearing aids do a lot every day and are exposed to the same elements as you. We bathe regularly, and your hearing aids require the same care. A simple care routine can make sure that earwax and dirt don’t build up over time to cause a blockage in the receiver tube to the microphone. Inspect your hearing aids for any buildup of dirt. If any is detected, simply wiping it with a dry soft cloth can clean your device and clear potential hearing issues.

Feedback

All too often feedback has caused people to reject hearing aids which could otherwise greatly improve your entire quality of life. There are a few things you can do to attempt to overcome this issue and get the most out of your hearing aids.

  • Lower the Volume- If the volume is too loud it could cause buzzing.
  • Check for Damage- Feedback could be caused by a cracked tube of your hearing aid. We can help you fix this at our office, often with a simple replacement part.

Disturbing Sounds

If the quality of sound is too loud, too tinny, or causing feedback, then your hearing aids won’t help you hear better. It is more likely that you’ll choose to avoid wearing them altogether and come in for a refitting. 

It is important to be patient and not give up on your investment in hearing. Many of these issues can be corrected using a few troubleshooting tactics.

  • Inspect the Battery for Corrosion- When your hearing aid is exposed to moisture the battery can be corroded. This can cause an interruption of power by blocking the battery connectors. By using baking soda and warm water you can scrub corrosion with a soft old toothbrush and recreate a clear connection for your battery.
  • Check the Switches- During a busy day, it is all too easy for switches to accidentally become flipped. These switches often change to different listening programs which could be affecting the quality of sound.
  • Time for an Upgrade– Most hearing aids last 5 to 7 years. This may not seem like a long time, but your hearing aids do a lot every day. It may also be that your hearing has changed over time. If your hearing aids are no longer delivering the quality of sound, you may need time for an upgrade.

If your hearing aids aren’t serving you to the best of their abilities, it is time to contact us for a new set. We can help you explore your options and find the best hearing aids for your hearing needs and lifestyle.