Hearing Aids Can Fail in These Three Ways

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

Have you ever had your internet cut just 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 a never-ending spinning circle. All you can do is wait around for it to come back. Is it your internet provider, modem, router, or perhaps it will just come back on its own? It’s not a very good feeling.

Technology can be tremendously aggravating when it doesn’t work properly. Your hearing aids certainly fall into this category. When they’re functioning properly, hearing aids can help you remain connected with the ones you love and better hear co-workers when they speak to you.

But your symptoms of hearing loss can suddenly become very frustrating when your hearing aids quit working. The technology you’re depending on has failed you. How do hearing aids just stop working? So what should you do? Here are the three common 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 problems with them. Let’s have a look at possible causes of these issues and potential fixes.

Feedback and whistling

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

Feedback and whistling can be caused by these possible issues:

  • You may not have your hearing aids seated properly in your ears. Try to take them out and re-seat them. If the fit isn’t correct you might need to come see us so we can help you get a better fit.
  • Earwax buildup in your ear canal can undermine how your hearing aid works. This is a relatively common one. Whistling and feedback are often one result of this sort of earwax accumulation. 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.
  • The tubing that attaches the hearing aid with the earmold, on behind-the-ear models, can sometimes become compromised. Have a close look to see if the tube may have separated or might be damaged in some way.

Depending on the root cause of the feedback, we can help you deal with 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! Something has definitely gone wrong if you can’t hear any sound coming from your hearing aid. So what could be the explanation when hearing aids work but no sound comes out? Well, there are a couple of things:

  • Earwax buildup: Here we go again with the earwax! Have a close look to see if you discover any earwax on the microphone or speakers. Keep your device really clean.
  • Power: Everyone forgets to turn their hearing aids on once in a while. Check for this first. This possible issue can then be eliminated..
  • Batteries: Make sure your batteries are completely charged. And whether your batteries are rechargeable or not, it might 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 on the wrong custom setting (so maybe your hearing aids think you’re in a gymnasium instead of at the kitchen table). The sound you’re hearing could be off as a result.

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

Your ears hurt when you’re wearing your hearing aids

What if your hearing aids are working fine, but whenever you put them in your ears, your ears begin hurting? And you’re probably thinking: why do my ears hurt when I use my hearing aids? This kind of discomfort is not exactly conducive to wearing your hearing aids on a day-to-day basis. So, what could be causing it?

  • Time: Getting used to your hearing aids will take some time. How long will depend on the individual. It’s worth talking about when you purchase your hearing aids so you have a reasonable idea of how long it might take you to get comfortable with your devices. Also, talk to us about any discomfort you might be having.
  • Fit: The fit of the device is the most evident issue. Naturally, when the fit is nice and snug, your hearing aids will work best. So when your hearing aids aren’t fitting quite right, there can be some pain. Some models of hearing aid can be fit to the particular shape of your ears. Over the long haul, you will have fewer problems if you have a good fit. If you come see us, we can help you achieve the best fit for your device.

Avoid issues with a little test drive

Before you commit to a pair of hearing aids, it’s a good idea to test them for a while. In the majority of instances we’ll let you try out a set of devices before you determine that’s the set for you.

Selecting the right hearing aids, adjusting them to fit your requirements, and helping with any extended problems you might have, are all things we will assist with. We will be your resource for any assistance you need.

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

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