Hearing Aid Users: Typical Problems You May Encounter
Hearing aids are very fragile and costly tools. You will find inside a hearing aid a system of high-tech electronic circuits. As a hearing aid wearer, you should know that hearing aids are very sensitive instruments and need constant maintenance and cleaning. Careful treatment is also necessary so you can gain from it and use it to the fullest.
If using a hearing aid is new to you, there might be situations where you experience something out of the ordinary and you have no idea what to do. The best advice is stay calm. Locate the cause of the problem and try to find a solution for it. Below are typical hearing aid difficulties and the solutions to them.
Intermittent Scratching, Hissing or Frying noises – could be caused by dust accumulating in the switch or poor battery contact. Examine the battery and ensure the contact points are free from dust or dirt. If that doesn’t get rid of the strange sounds, you can try turning on and off the device repeatedly. If the annoying sound is continuous, maybe some humidity has seeped in. Use a drying container or dehumidifier to absorb the excessive moisture from the hearing aid.
Sound is Weaker than Normal – this issue can be triggered by weak batteries or an incorrectly inserted ear mould. Dirt or wax may have also clogged the ear mould or tubing. To avoid this, clean your hearing aid frequently to prevent dust or wax from accumulating. If drained batteries are the reason, replace the batteries immediately. If the ear moulds are incorrectly inserted, your hearing aid may not be a good fit for you. Replacing the ear moulds with better fitting ones should solve the problem.
No Sound – if the hearing aid is switched ON but there is still no sound, the batteries may be incorrectly inserted or dead. Try putting in new batteries. You should also check if the tubing is clogged or bent. Clean and replace if necessary. If that doesn’t work, it’s important that you don’t perform any hearing aids repair yourself unless you know what you’re doing.
Buzzing or Humming Noise – may be because of cellular phone or computer interference. These devices emit radio frequencies and electromagnetic radiation that mess with with the signal of your hearing aid. Try moving away from these devices, if that solves the problem.
If there are any other persistent defects, then you should immediately go to a hearing aid repair specialist. You can also check HealthyHearing.com for your other hearing aid questions.
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