Hearing Aid Problems: What Should I Watch Out For?

man having hearing aid problems

 

At Advanced Affordable Hearing, we sometimes have customers call in who aren’t sure whether what they’re experiencing with their new hearing aids is normal or not.

Customers also often have questions about how to best care for their new hearing aids.

To help ease any fears you may have when using your hearing aids for the first time, we’ve outlined a few common hearing aid problems below so you can avoid – or know how to remedy – any issues that may arise with your hearing experience!

Problem #1:

Everything sounds too loud or sounds strange.

Solution:

There is an adjustment period with all hearing aids. As your brain becomes accustomed to hearing more clearly again, it will have to adapt to processing sounds it hasn’t had to process in years.

As you adjust, you may also find that you need to change the size of your tubes or domes or find another style of dome that suits you better.

In addition, your own voice may sound strange when you begin wearing your new hearing aids. Some hearing aid users describe it as sounding like they are talking in a tunnel or inside a barrel. This is due to a phenomenon known as the occlusion effect.

If you are wearing closed domes or completely-in-the-canal hearing aids, you may be able to reduce the occlusion effect by switching to open domes or by changing to open-fit hearing aids.

Problem #2:

One of my hearing aids doesn’t produce sound anymore.

Solution:

If your hearing aid tubes and domes are not cleaned regularly, they will become clogged with ear wax and other debris, which will diminish sound quality. Sometimes, the hearing aid will seem to have stopped producing sound altogether.

The first step you should take when you notice that your hearing aid isn’t performing as well as it has been is to give it a good cleaning.

Watch our video below on How to Clean Your Tubes for more information:  

Problem #3:

My hearing aid is no longer working, or it’s become corroded.

Solution:

Hearing aids are electronic devices, and as such, they are sensitive to moisture, just like your laptop or cell phone.

To keep your hearing devices safe from moisture damage and working properly, store them in a dry area when you’re not wearing them. We recommend that you DO NOT store them in the bathroom or the kitchen.

You can also use a Dry & Store Box or a Dry Aid Jar to help absorb moisture from the interior of your hearing devices when you don’t have them on.

Rechargeable hearing aids are susceptible to developing corrosion on the metal charging contacts. Be sure to keep the body of the hearing device clean in addition to your tubes and domes.

If you notice corrosion on the charging contacts of your rechargeable device (or on the charging contacts in the charging station) you can use an alcohol pad or cotton swab to clean the corrosion off the device or charging station.

If you buy your hearing devices from Advanced Affordable Hearing, we are here to help. We do not merely sell you a hearing aid and leave you on your own.

Our friendly hearing aid professionals are always happy to assist you with your hearing aids, whether you need help troubleshooting your device or you just have a question about how to change the settings or adjust the volume.

If you are considering purchasing a device but have not yet made a firm decision on which one, we can also make recommendations based on your hearing loss level and lifestyle.

Give us a call at 1 (800) 804-0434 today and get started on your HearClear journey!