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What are The Common Problems Hearing Aid Users Face?

a hearing health professional is repairing a set of broken hearing devices

While hearing aids have become more advanced over the years, there is no denying the fact that new and experienced hearing aid users will face some common issues relating to their hearing aid. As with anything in life, it may simply be a case of just getting used to your new device and finding out how you can comfortably live with your hearing aid, so it best suits you and your lifestyle.

However, there are times when no further intervention is needed from a hearing instrument specialist (HIS) once the wearer has had a hearing aid fitted. But on occasion, people need a bit more assistance for many different reasons especially if they are using a hearing aid for the first time.

Common hearing aid problems

See below for some of the most common problems related to hearing aids and hearing aid malfunctions.

Batteries

From time to die, hearing aid users may find that their hearing aid isn't working as well, or they need to turn the volume up higher than they usually would. Different types of hearing aids consume more power than others and depending on each user's personal circumstances and use of time, batteries could run out quicker than anticipated. Having a good supply and carrying spare batteries can help to limit the disruption this causes but it is worth checking you are using the right type of battery for your hearing aid to maximize battery life.

Earwax 

A build-up of earwax can interfere with a hearing aid's ability to function as it should. Issues include blocking the hearing aids microphone or other parts and can be combated by regular and thorough cleaning of the ear to remove any wax build-up. You can talk to your HIS if you feel this problem needs more investigating.

Feedback

If you find your hearing aid is picking up other sounds such as its own sound and you are experiencing feedback you need to check your hearing aid is fitted properly. Avoid turning it on until it is in its correct position to eliminate unwanted noises from external sources.

Headaches

If you find your hearing aid is causing you headaches or a feeling of pressure in your head or ears, then you need to get your hearing aid checked to make sure it is fitted correctly and you are wearing it in the correct position. If the problem persists, you might need to consider alternative hearing aid options to find one that doesn't have side effects such as unwanted headaches.

Water

Many hearing aids wearers are worried that their new hearing aids can be damaged by water. While it is recommended to remove your hearing aid when showering, a small bit of water won't cause much damage. Hearing aids are designed to be waterproof and getting caught in a downpour or in the event of being splashed with water, won't cause much or any damage. If swimming is a big part of your life, you may be best discussing your concerns with your hearing instrument specialist who can advise you on the best hearing for swimming.

Sleeping

For those who want to remove the hassle of taking your hearing aid off each night, there are hearing aids on the market that can work 24/7 meaning you can sleep comfortably in your hearing aids for longer periods of time without any added disturbance.

Prolonging the life of your hearing aids

The better you care for your hearing aids, the longer they will last you and be able to work as intended for the entirety of their life span. Replacing the batteries when needed and avoiding using the hearing aids for long periods with a low battery will help you to preserve the life of your hearing aid.

Consult your HIS to discuss the correct cleaning methods for your hearing aid and cleaning frequency. This can vary based on how often the hearing aid is used and the activities are undertaken when it is being worn. Remove debris and any earwax build-up frequently and pay attention to any changes in your hearing ability to help you identify any issues quickly to allow you to rectify them before any more damage is sustained.

Center for Better Hearing

We are here to help you discuss any concerns you may have regarding daily use and the fitting of a hearing aid. Our fully qualified and trained staff have many years of expertise in fitting hearing for people experiencing hearing loss. Call us today at 510-768-7091 to see how we can help you to regain your hearing levels.