It’s estimated that on average it takes people seven to ten years from the time they suspect they have a hearing loss, before taking action. The most common treatment for hearing loss is hearing aids – tiny electronic devices which are programmed, based on your latest hearing exam to amplify the tones and pitches you struggle with. If you’ve recently taken the leap into the world of living with hearing aids, it’s likely that, while at first it was a struggle, now that you’ve become used to them, it is hard to imagine life without.
Hearing aids make it easier to communicate with the people you love and navigate the world with greater independence and confidence. Now that you’re fully enjoying life with hearing aids, you are going to want to make sure they are functioning their best for as long as possible. It’s recommended that hearing aids be worn from the moment you wake up till you go to bed, only to be removed when exposed to water such as bathing time or during swimming. That is a lot of exposure to the elements and wear and tear on these devices. To get the most out of them you are going to want to know how to fix things when they go out of sorts. Here are just a few common issues you may experience at some point with hearing aids and how to adjust them.
Familiarize Yourself with Your Hearing Aid’s Parts
Being able to fix issues with hearing aids, means you are going to want to understand how they work. Hearing aids have come a long way in the last 20 years, but they still hold the same basic parts regardless of added features or styles:
- Microphone: picks up sound.
- Amplifier: makes sound louder.
- Receiver: sends amplified sound into ear
- Battery: provides energy supply.
Know what your hearing aids look like and what all the parts do. We recommend that you add nightly cleanings of your hearing aids to your nightly routine. Not only will this keep your devices free of buildup and functioning at optimal performance but will alert you to if something is out of place.
No Sound or Inconsistent Sound
If you are struggling with this, first, check for a blockage: check for buildup of earwax or dirt and wipe it away with a soft dry cloth.
Battery issues: your hearing aids aren’t going to have the power they need if your batteries have run out. Trying recharging or changing out your batteries, depending on the model you have. It could be an issue with the batter contacts as well. If moisture exposure has caused corrosion, it will interrupt the connection of the battery and provide inconsistent power.
Check the volume: it may seem obvious, but it happens pretty often. Make sure the battery is set at a reasonable level in order for you to hear.
One reason hearing aids often have a stigma around them is the associated whistling that occurs – especially in older models. However, even today, whistling in hearing aids happens. Here are some things to check before you visit for professional advice.
Is your volume turned up too high? Hearing aids at the height of their volume are prone to whistling. If you find that you are maxing out the volume of your headphones, it usually signals that it’s time to visit an audiologist for a programming upgrade or a stronger pair of hearing aids.
Poor fit: A loose-fitting hearing aid can cause whistling sounds. Check the mold and vents of your hearing aids and if they seem loose, it may be time for a new hearing aid fitting which can eliminate the whistle.
Hearing Aid Maintenance Tips
We have so many tips for you in order to keep your hearing aids lasting for as long as possible. We can recommend storage options to help keep your hearing aids moisture free and well as charging stations which double as a dehumidifier. If you have any questions on how to maintain and improve the performance of your amazing hearing aids, the benefit of working with us is that we are here to help. Contact us today for a consultation on more tips to keep your hearing aids working their best for years to come.