The Most Common Hearing Aid Issues
Posted By Kelly Hone on 09.03.2018 12.31
The lifespan of a hearing aid ranges from around five to seven years, many people will experience problems as their devices age- its not just hearing aids that age, your hearing ages too!
If you own a pair of hearing aids, and if you experience any of these problems, you may be able to resolve the problem yourself, in your own home.
Here are some of the most common hearing aid issues to watch out for.
1. BLOCKED TUBING
Blocked tubes only happen to hearing aids that have tubes (obviously).
Tubes can get blocked by earwax, moisture and day to day dirt. If the tube on your hearing aid gets blocked, then sound will not be able to be heard properly when you are wearing your hearing aids. You will need to remove the blockage from the tubes to resolve the problems- For example you can do this by using an air blower.
If you clean the tubing and still experience issues, visit your audiologist to have them professionally cleaned.
2. NO SOUND
Now and then, hearing aids will stop producing sound. If this is happens to you, there could be a few easy ways to resolve the problem.
- First, your hearing aids may be turned off (just double check).
- Second, your hearing aid volume may be set very low- this can be adjusted but the audiologist or if you are a technical wizard, you can do this through the app!
- Finally, your batteries may be drained. You should check all of these things first. If one of them is the issue, then fixing it will return the volume levels to normal.
If the issue continues, your hearing aids may need sending off, so its always a good idea to contact your audiologist for advice.
3. FEEDBACK OR WHISTLING NOISES
These issues can be particularly annoying to deal with and people around you. This is because hearing sharp feedback noises or whistling noises in your ear is not exactly pleasant.
If you are hearing feedback or whistling noises while you wear your hearing aids, then there is a good chance that the issue could be caused by a bad fit or accidentally inserting your hearing aids incorrectly. It could also be caused by a buildup of earwax on your device stopping the sound from getting through.
So, you should check these things to see if this is what is causing the issue- your audiologist will have the answers to your questions and will be able to have a look inside your ears.
If you try these simple fixes and your hearing aids are still not functioning properly, schedule an appointment with your audiologist, your hearing aids may require repairs and should be evaluated by a professional- not brought your hearing aids from us? No problem, we can help!.
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