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Man having troubles with his hearing aids while trying to communicate with his friend.

Have you ever been watching your favorite Netflix movie when your internet abruptly disappears? Instead of discovering who won the baking show, you have to watch an endless spinning circle. And so you just wait. Perhaps it’s your modem, might be your router, possibly it’s the internet provider, or possibly it’ll just fix itself. It sort of stinks.

When technology breaks down, it can be really aggravating. Your hearing aids certainly fall into this category. When they’re working properly, hearing aids can help you stay connected with the ones you love and better hear co-workers when they talk to you.

But when they quit working, your hearing loss symptoms can suddenly become much more frustrating. You’ve been disappointed by the technology you depend on. How do hearing aids just quit working? So how do you deal with that? Here are the three common ways your hearing aids can malfunction and how to diagnose and identify them.

Three common issues with hearing aids (and some possible solutions)

Even though hearing aids are complex technology, people may encounter three common problems with them. Here’s what could be causing those issues (and what you can do to fix them).

Whistling and feedback

So, maybe you’re trying to have a chat with your family or watch your favorite show and you begin to notice a dreadful whistling noise. Or maybe you detect a bit of feedback. And so you think, “Why am I hearing whistling in my hearing aids? This is odd”.

Whistling and feedback can be caused by these possible issues:

  • The tubing that connects the hearing aid with the earmold, on behind-the-ear models, can occasionally become compromised. Have a close look to see if the tube might have separated or may be compromised somehow.
  • You may not have your hearing aids correctly positioned in your ears. Try to take them out and re-seat them. You can also try turning the volume down (if this works, you may find some temporary relief, but it also likely means that the fit isn’t quite right and you should speak with us about it).
  • The functionality of your hearing aid can be impacted by earwax accumulation in your ear canal. This is a rather common one. Whistling and feedback are frequently one outcome of this type of earwax accumulation. If possible, you can attempt to clean some earwax out of your ear or talk to us about the best method to do that (don’t use a cotton swab).

If these problems aren’t easily resolved, it’s worth speaking with us about correcting the fit or sending your device in for maintenance (depending on what we think the underlying cause of that whistling or feedback might be).

No sound coming from your hearing aids

Your hearing aids are supposed to make, well, sound. That’s what they’re created to do! So if you find yourself thinking, “I don’t hear any sound in my hearing aid,” well, then something is definitely wrong. So what could be the cause when hearing aids work but no sound comes out? Well, there are a few things:

  • Earwax buildup: Yup, earwax strikes again. Take a close look to see if you find any earwax on the speakers or microphone. Keep your device really clean.
  • Power: Look, we’ve all disregarded turning on the hearing aid before. Make certain that isn’t the issue. This possible issue can then be eliminated..
  • Your settings: If you have them, cycle through your personalized settings. Your hearing aids might think you’re in a very large space when you’re actually in a small room because the setting isn’t right. The sound you’re hearing might be off as a result.
  • Batteries: If you have rechargeable batteries, make sure that they’re completely charged. And even rechargeable batteries should be swapped out on occasion.

We’re here for you if these measures don’t clear up your issues. We’ll be able to help you identify the next steps, and whether maintenance, repair, or replacement is needed.

Your ears hurt when you’re wearing your hearing aids

What if your hearing aids work perfectly, but every time you put them in your ears, your ears begin to hurt? And you’re likely thinking: why do my ears hurt when I wear my hearing aids? This type of discomfort isn’t exactly conducive to using your hearing aids on a day-to-day basis. So, what could be causing it?

  • Time: Sometimes, it just takes some time to get used to your hearing aids. Each individual will have a different adjustment period. It’s worth talking about when you purchase your hearing aids so you have a reasonable concept of how long it may take you to become comfortable with your devices. If uncomfortable ears remain, speak with us about that as well!
  • Fit: The most obvious issue can be the fit. After all, most hearing aids work best when the fit is nice and snug. So when your hearing aids aren’t fitting very well, there can be some pain. Some models of hearing aid can be fit to the particular shape of your ears. Over the long run, you will have fewer issues if you have a tight fit. We will be able to help you get the best possible fit from your devices.

Take your new hearing aid out for a test ride

One of the best ways to prevent possible issues with hearing aids is to take them for a bit of a test drive before you decide. In the majority of cases we’ll let you test out a set of devices before you determine that’s the set for you.

Choosing the correct hearing aids, adjusting them to fit your requirements, and helping with any extended problems you might have, are all things we will assist with. In other words, when your devices quit working, you’ll have a resource that can help!

And that’s probably more dependable than your internet company.

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