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DIY Hearing Aid Troubleshooting
It can be very frustrating when you’re having problems with your hearing aid, and you don’t know what’s causing it or what you should do about it. There are lots of things that could be causing the problems you’re experiencing, so there’s no need to panic because many of these issues are pretty small and relatively easy to put right.
There are plenty of DIY fixes and troubleshooting tactics that you can try out if you have been having issues with your hearing aid. We’re going to look at some of them now so you can try them at home. And if none of them work, you could always see a hearing professional or audiologist who could assist you.
It’s causing soreness or itching
When your hearing aid is causing you problems relating to soreness or itching, there are some things you can do about it. For a start, it might be wise to ensure you’re definitely wearing the correct hearing aid in the right ear. It sounds simple, but it’s a mistake that gets made more often than you’d think. You can also use a lubricant that’s both suitable for your ear and your type of hearing aid at night. This can relieve the soreness. If the problem persists, the size or shape of your hearing aid might need to be changed.
Whistling feedback sounds
Lots of hearing aids now have systems in place that provide feedback cancellation. If you’re about to choose a new hearing aid, ensure the one you choose has this. Even so, some hearing aids that have this feature can still sometimes produce feedback. It can be avoided by not covering your ear with a pillow, scarf or anything similar. If your hearing aid is not securely in place, this can lead to unwanted feedback too, so make sure it’s correctly in place. Adjusting the volume control might help too.
The hearing aid won’t turn on
The first thing you should check whenever you’re having problems with your hearing aid refusing to turn on is the battery compartment. It the batteries have come loose or they’re not quite in place, the hearing aid won’t be able to power on. And it’s always checking whether a change of batteries makes a difference too. You can also check the hearing aid tip to see if there is any wax or debris there that might be stopping it from working as it should.
Reduced sound quality being delivered
When your hearing aid battery starts to run down, one of the things that you’ll experience is reduced sound quality. It’s something that can be fixed by simply replacing the battery, so this is the first thing you should try. If that doesn’t make a difference, you might need to tweak the settings because your hearing needs might be changing. This is something you should consult your audiologist about because they’ll be able to carry out those changes for you. Before you do that, try to remove debris and wax to see if this improves the sound quality.
Screeching or sharp sounds
Having your hearing aid make sharp or screeching sounds in your ear is obviously not what you want. It could be happening because the hearing aid is incorrectly or unnecessarily boosting sounds at a certain pitch. Making adjustments to the settings is usually the best way to deal with this kind of problem when it arises. As long as you have your hearing aid fitted properly, wear it securely in place and ensure the settings are all correct, this is a problem that shouldn’t arise.
Pain in your ear
If your hearing aid is causing you pain, it might be because you’re not actually wearing it correctly. You should make adjustments and move the position of the hearing aid to make sure it’s sitting in your ear the way it should be. If the pain persists, you should talk to your audiologist about it and see what they recommend you do. They might be able to change the hearing aid so that the pain doesn’t persist any longer.
If you’re unsure of what to do about the problems with your hearing aid and none of the ideas above worked for you, you can contact the pros at Pacific Audiology Clinic. You can book an appointment, and they’ll help you with the difficulties you’re having and ensure your hearing aid functions for you in the way it should. To talk to a professional or learn more about the service on offer, you should call 503-719-4208.