Completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aids are likely one of the smallest
How to Troubleshoot the Most Common Hearing Aid Repairs
Due to technology and advancement in medicine, people who experience hearing issues can still live normal lives. Hearing aids are one of the most common treatment methods for auditory issues. Even though they are small, they are composed of several vital components sometimes malfunction. It is necessary to be aware of possible hearing aid problems so you’re prepared for any potential malfunctions in the future. Here are a few.
There Is No Sound Coming from Your Hearing Aids
If the issue with your hearing aid is that it isn’t producing any sound, there are a few things you can do aside from turning up the volume. First, you should check if anything is blocking the microphone. I’d you notice any debris or earwax; all you have to do is clean it.
Secondly, you check if the hearing aid is on. If yours is powered by a battery, ensure that it is positioned properly and the battery door is shut. You can replace the battery altogether if you have been using it for a while and suspect it’s dead. Another solution will be to toggle between the different settings on your hearing aid to see if it helps.
There Is a Distorted Sound Coming from Your Hearing Aid
Ideally, your hearing aid should not produce a distorted sound. If that happens, you can first check the batteries for corrosion. If any is present, you will have to replace them with new ones. If they are fine, then try checking the contacts, which are the small metal prongs connecting to the battery when the door is shut. If you notice any corrosion, you can open and close the battery door several times to clean them. If they are fine, then try different settings on the hearing aids until the distorted sound is no longer present.
You Experience Feedback from Your Hearing Aid
Once in a while, you might get some feedback, such as whistling sounds, from your hearing aids. In this case, one of the solutions will be to turn down the volume as the whistling sound may be caused by too much sound passing through the vent surrounding the earmold.
You may also receive this feedback if the hearing aid isn’t fitted properly in the ear, and you will need to remove the device and insert it properly. Another possible cause of feedback sound may be a blockage. In this case, sound bounces off the obstruction and leaks out again, and you will need to clean the hearing aid.
Getting your hearing aid to function as new shouldn’t be too much of a struggle. You can do some solutions by yourself while you may need to visit your hearing health professional to help out. This will depend on factors such as the severity of the issue, and the type of hearing aid you are using, such as in-the-ear (ITE), behind-the-ear (BTE) and in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids.