Common Hearing Aid Problems & How to Fix Them

Common Hearing Aid Problems & How to Fix Them

Most people who get a new pair of hearing aids find that they work trouble-free for a long time. The latest models are so resilient to dirt, debris, and moisture that many of them can withstand exposure to the elements. With rechargeable batteries, many of the technical issues of earlier models have been resolved, as well. Yet, from time to time something might come up with your aids. What are the most common problems, and what can you do at home to fix them? Some problems will require a visit to the hearing health professional for assistance, but others can be resolved at home. Let’s take a look through some of these common problems and the available solutions right from the comfort of your own home. 

My hearing aids don’t make any sound at all.

If your hearing aids don’t seem to be working at all, a power issue might be at fault. The first step will be to make sure your battery is charged and properly installed. If you have rechargeable batteries, make sure the charge is complete. If you have replaceable batteries, you might want to try a replacement to see if that solves the issue. If you have hearing aids with an app for controls, take a look at the profile you’re using. It’s possible that you bumped one of the settings and reduced the volume to zero. You might want to take a visual assessment of the components of your hearing aids, as well. It’s possible that something became disconnected or broken, and you will likely be able to see the place where that problem has arisen. 

My hearing aids are very quiet. 

If you can’t get loud sound out of your aids, you might need to adjust some settings. If your aids have manual controls, try adjusting those first. If you have an app to control the volume of your aids, try choosing another profile or setting first. When you are looking at these settings, see if there is a default mode you can engage. Another possibility when it comes to quiet hearing aids is that you are experiencing something in your body that causes the problem. Is it possible that you have earwax buildup or that the hearing aids are inserted improperly? Either of these issues can cause hearing aids to seem quiet. If these attempts are unsuccessful, you might need to visit your hearing health professional to make sure your hearing ability has not changed. 

My hearing aids are making a strange sound. 

If you hear buzzing, crackling, or a crisp sound coming from your aids, they might be on the fritz. The first place to look is the battery chamber. Do you see any signs of corrosion? It’s possible that the wires connecting your battery to the other components of the aids have become corroded and no longer supply the right voltage to your aids. Take a look to make sure there isn’t another place on your aids that has been broken. You might have had moisture exposure to your aids that led to a short in one of the connections. Finally, take a look for any debris or waxy buildup that might be blocking the sound and making it seem muffled. Debris on the microphone can lead to some very strange sounds, so a simple cleaning with a dry, soft cloth can do the trick in these instances. 

My hearing aids are whistling. 

Although most of the latest models have resolved this problem, some of the older styles still have problems with whistling feedback. The most common cause of feedback is an improper fit for your aids. Try removing and reinserting your aids to ensure the proper fit. If you don’t have the right fit, you might need to visit your hearing health professional for a new fitting, particularly if you have lost or gained a lot of weight recently. Blockage can also cause feedback, so take a look for any debris on the surface or in the components of your aids. 

If these home solutions don’t work to resolve your issues, then it might be time to give us a call! We’re here to help with any repairs you need. Contact us today!