People who use hearing aids are relying on them totally and any sort of hearing aid problems can drastically affect a user. While regular maintenance and cleaning is a sure shot way of keeping your hearing aid functional, you might still find yourself facing one of the following problems. Here’s our guide on the most common hearing aid problems and how to solve them.
The hearing aid appears to be dead
If you are getting no sort of tone or response from your hearing aid, you might consider it dead. The first thing to check for (albeit pretty obvious) is to make sure that your hearing aid is actually turned on. Once you’re sure about that and are still getting nothing, make sure you check that your battery door is shut properly and the battery is properly inserted. Make sure the + and – symbols on the battery match with the same on your hearing aid. The next step is to change the battery completely (this is most commonly the problem when anything happens to your hearing aid). If this doesn’t work, you might have a blocked ear mold. Cleaning and clearing it up is your best bet in this case.
If none of these work for you, your hearing aid might actually be dead and you’d need hearing aid services from a professional in that case.
The hearing aid is making a whistling sound
The most common reason for this problem is that the volume is set too high. You can simply adjust the volume till the whistling sound stops. Next, check if your ear mold is fitting properly and try to adjust it until the sound becomes better. The last option with this problem is to try and replace the battery as a weak battery can also cause this problem.
The sound is distorted
This problem is also caused by sound levels that are set too high. Reduce your volume until the distortion stops. You should also make sure your ear mold is fastened properly and check if the battery has not gone too weak.
The volume is too low
Most hearing aids have volume control so just turning it up until you get to the right volume might work. If that’s not the case, a weak battery might be the culprit and replacing it would do the trick. Also make sure your ear mold is clear of any ear wax and is kept clean so the sound is not muffled by any intrusions.
The best way to avoid these common hearing aid problems is to make sure you always keep your hearing aid nice and clean and always have a spare battery for when the battery runs out. If you purchased your hearing aid from a professional hearing aid services provider, you would also have gotten a cleaning kit that has some brushes, hooks, and other cleaning aids. Use these to keep your device clean and functional at all times.