Over time, you may experience hearing loss due to aging or other factors. When you notice this problem, hearing aids that can help you reconnect with the world around you. It’s crucial to realize that no hearing aid is without problems. When they arise, it’s a good idea to have a basic understanding of how to troubleshoot these hearing aid problems.
Dull Sound Quality
One of the most common problems that you’re going to experience is dull sound quality. This can be due to many factors. The most common is a battery that is reaching the end of its lifespan. Your first step should be to put in a fresh battery and see if that fixes the sound quality issue. If it doesn’t, check the opening where the sound comes out of your hearing aid for debris. Use your cleaning tool and change out your wax filters. This helps to ensure that there’s no debris blocking the sound coming out. These should be normal hearing care practices for your new devices.
Some Sounds Are Sharp
When you wear hearing aids for the first time, there are going to be changes from what you’re used to hearing. Sharp noises are one of the most common noises that most new users find that are out of the ordinary. Something as simple as the hum of an air conditioner can seem sharper because you haven’t heard it in a long time. In this situation, it’s best to continue to wear your hearing aids as they are. Let your ears adapt to relearning these noises.
Hearing a high-pitched whistling noise is what audiologists refer to as feedback. This annoying sound can be due to many different factors. You could lean your ear up against a pillow or cover it with a hat. This can trap the sound and create feedback. You could have the volume level up to high on your hearing aids. You may also not have the tip of your hearing aid completely inside the ear. Do yourself a favor and check to ensure that your hearing aid is in the right way. The volume should be set near its default level and you should not have your hearing aid covered. If this feedback problem still exists, then it’s best to seek help from your audiologist.
Itchy or Sore Ears
Again, when you first notice hearing loss and try hearing aids for the first time, your body’s going to have to adapt. Most people report feeling itchy or tickling inside of their ears. Others report feeling soreness when they have the device in. One of the best ways to combat these symptoms is to ensure you’re installing your hearing aids the right way. It’s not uncommon to switch the left side with the right side by accident. When you take your devices out at night, apply a hearing aid gel or lubricant at the entrance of your ear.
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If you have problems with your hearing aids that you’re unable to troubleshoot on your own, then give us a call. Let our experienced hearing care professionals examine your hearing aids. We can fix the problem so that you can get back to enjoying them.