Hearing Aid Troubleshooting
Hearing aids can transform your life. These devices, which enable you to hear by amplifying sounds, are robust and hard-wearing, but they’re not invincible. Occasionally, you may find that your hearing aids won’t turn on as normal, or that they don’t seem to be firing on all cylinders. If you have hearing aids, it’s always useful to be able to troubleshoot and solve potential problems. Here are some common faults and flaws, and some tips to help you get your hearing aids up and running again. If you do have any issues with your hearing aids, it’s also important to note that your hearing instrument specialist is only a phone call away.
Hearing aid troubleshooting
Hearing aids utilize advanced technology to enable you to hear better. Most days, you’ll be able to get up, turning your hearing aids on and start enjoying the benefits straight away, but occasionally, there may be times when your hearing aids don’t appear to be functioning correctly. Here are some of the most common problems and some troubleshooting tips:
Feedback and whistling noises
Many modern hearing aids have feedback canceling features, but you may still find that your hearing aids make a whistling sound. If you can hear this noise, take these simple steps:
- Try and avoid covering the hearing aid, for example, laying your head on a pillow or cushion or covering your ears with a hat. This can cause the sound to become trapped, which makes it re-enter the microphone component.
- Make sure the tip of the hearing aid or the earmold is securely placed within the ear. If the hearing aid isn’t quite in the right position, this can increase the risk of feedback.
- Use a volume setting close to the default program. High volumes elevate the risk of feedback.
A hearing aid that won’t turn on
If you’re having trouble turning your hearing aids on, the first thing to check is the battery. If you haven’t changed the battery for a while, replace the old one with a new battery and try again. If this doesn’t work, or the battery has been changed recently, follow these steps:
- Open the battery chamber, and make sure that the battery is the right way up. The + sign should be facing upwards. It’s also a good idea to check the expiry date of your battery.
- Make sure the hearing aid is switched on.
- Check your hearing aids for signs of blockages caused by wax or debris. If you do see dirt, wax, or dust, use your cleaning tools to wipe the devices.
- Look for cracks or rips in the tubing and wiring components of the hearing aid.
Poor quality, muffled sound
If your hearing aids are producing dull or quiet sounds, the first thing to do is change the battery. If replacing the battery doesn’t work, look for debris and wax and clean your hearing aids. It may also be beneficial to change the wax filters. If problems persist, and you’re struggling to hear, contact your hearing instrument specialist.
Hearing aid repairs
If you have issues with your hearing aids, you may be able to fix them at home. Sometimes, simple steps like cleaning your hearing aids to remove debris and replacing the battery will be sufficient. In other cases, the cause of the problem may not be as easy to identify or remedy. If your hearing aids aren’t working properly, and you can’t seem to find a fault or a solution, don’t hesitate to contact a hearing instrument specialist.
If you are advised to bring your hearing aids in, your hearing instrument specialist will take a closer look at them, and try and determine whether hearing aid repairs are required. Often, hearing aid repairs can be carried out very swiftly. Your hearing instrument specialist will explain their findings to you, and if your hearing aids do need attention, they will be able to tell you what needs doing and how long it will take. If the hearing aids are old, and they’re on their last legs, it may be advisable to think about replacing them.
If you’re having trouble with your hearing aids, for example, you can’t get them to turn on, or the quality and clarity of sound are poor, why not get in touch with us today? We can take a look at your hearing aids, and use our expertise in hearing aid repairs to get you back on track as quickly as possible. To find out more about Palmetto Hearing Healthcare Center, call:
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