Reminders for You: Some Hearing Aid-Related Problems
Hearing aids are very delicate and costly objects. You will find inside a hearing aid a system of complicated electronic circuits. As a hearing aid user, you should know that hearing aids are very sensitive instruments and need constant maintenance and cleaning. Careful treatment is also essential so you can benefit from it and use it to the fullest.
If using a hearing aid is new to you, there might be situations where you encounter something unusual and you have no idea what to do. The best advice is not to panic. Identify the cause of the problem and try to find a solution for it. The following are common hearing aid problems and the solutions to them.
Recurring Scratching, Hissing or Frying sound – could be caused by dust collecting 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 work, try repeatedly switching the hearing aid on and off. If the irritating sound is constant, maybe some humidity has seeped in. Use a drying container or dehumidifier to get rid of the excessive moisture from the hearing aid.
Sound is Weaker than Usual – this defect can be caused by weak batteries or a wrongly inserted ear mould. Dirt or wax may have also clogged the ear mould or tubing. To prevent this, clean your hearing aid regularly to stop dust or wax from gathering. If drained batteries are the reason, get new batteries immediately. If the ear moulds are wrongly inserted, your hearing aid may not be a good fit for you. Getting better fitting ear moulds should solve the problem.
No Sound – if the device is switched ON but there is still no sound, the batteries may be incorrectly inserted or dead. Try replacing your batteries. You should also see if the tubing is clogged or curved. 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 due to mobile phone or PC interference. These devices emit radio frequencies and electromagnetic radiation that interfere with the signal of your hearing aid. Try moving away from these devices, if that fixes the problem.
If there are any other ongoing defects, then you should right away go to a hearing aid repair expert. You can also go to HealthyHearing.com for your other inquires on hearing aids.
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