What to Do When Your Hearing Aid Is Not Working
Occasionally, you may find that your hearing aid isn’t working as it’s supposed to. While this can be incredibly frustrating, run through these simple fixes first to troubleshoot and see if you can solve the issue. If not, consult the help of a hearing professional.
- You Hear a Whistling Sound – A frequent cause of hearing a whistling sound is a hearing aid that doesn’t fit properly. When purchasing a hearing aid, you should be sure that it is tailored specifically to your ears. This includes not just the size, but the settings as well. If you find your hearing aids whistle the first time you use them, take them out, readjust them and try again. If the whistling continues despite them fitting comfortably in your ear, try adjusting the volume. It may be too loud. Also, a buildup of earwax can alter sounds, so be sure to have your ears cleaned as well.
- You Hear Nothing – If you can’t hear anything, be sure to check that your hearing aids are turned on and the volume is up. It is entirely possible that you may have unintentionally switched something off or hit the volume when putting them in. If these are both fine, check the battery. If this still doesn’t solve the issue, look at the tubes and receiver. It is possible these may have become clogged or dirty from ear wax. Be sure to properly clean your hearing aids by removing the batteries overnight, wiping the device with a dry cloth, and using a brush or wax pick to clean any debris.
- You Hear Static or Broken Sounds – Often when your hearing aid isn’t working, dying or dead batteries are the reason. If your batteries are rechargeable, be sure that they are charged. Non-rechargeable batteries will often last up to a week with frequent use. To help extend the life of your batteries, turn your hearing aids off when you aren’t using them, and even take the battery out overnight. Be sure to keep your hearing aid away from heat, cold, and moisture. This includes keeping them out of the bathroom after a shower and out of the rain.
The Experts at Bravo Hearing Can Help with Your Hearing Aids
The hearing professionals at Bravo Hearing Centre in Etobicoke understand how important your hearing is, and strive to provide the knowledge, advice, and recommendations to improve your hearing and keep your devices in the best shape. Our team provides services and support tailored to the needs of each patient.