If you suffer from hearing loss, the odds are you use hearing aids to assist with the problem. The longer you use hearing aids, the easier it is to realize just how important they are and how critical it is to track down any problems they might be having. If the sound quality your hearing aids are producing isn’t as clear as it used to be, a wide variety of conditions could be causing it. Quickly troubleshooting the problem could save you having to deal with repair or replacement.
If you’re not getting any sound from your hearing aids, start with looking at the outlets. Wax could be blocking the microphone or sound outlets, preventing sound from traveling. A careful cleaning could be the only fix you need. If cleaning doesn’t work, make sure the hearing aid door is shut, the hearing aid is turned on, and the volume is turned up. Finally, try changing the batteries, even if you consider the current ones new.
Distorted Sound or Whistling
Poor sound quality can be a result of weak battery power. Inspect the battery housing itself to see if the prongs are corroded. Try replacing the batteries to see if that helps with distorted sound. For hearing aids that whistle, try turning down the sound or removing and reinsert them into your ears. If they’re not positioned properly, many hearing aids will make a whistling sound.
If you feel like your hearing aids just aren’t loud enough, first check to make sure the sound outlet isn’t blocked with ear wax. If your hearing aids are made with an earmold and tubing, check for cracks or blockages. If the hearing aids are physically sound, try turning up the volume or trying a different program. You might also consider having your hearing checked, as hearing can change as you get older.
If all your troubleshooting hasn’t produced the results you want, it’s time to check with the professionals. Contact U.S. Hearing Solutions for a consultation. They’ll do a thorough inspection on your hearing aids and make any necessary repairs, including replacing tubes and doing a thorough internal cleaning.