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Troubleshooting Common Issues with Hearing Aids

Like most electrical devices or appliances that we use in our day to day lives, hearing aids work most of the time. Sometimes, however, your hearing aid my experience problems. As with many things, it’s only once the hearing aids have a problem that our dependence on them is made clear.

At Audiology Associates, we want you to make the most of your hearing aid devices. That’s why we’ve put together this blog on common problems with hearing aids, as well as how you can troubleshoot them.

Most Common Hearing Aid Problems

Your Hearing Aid Is Making Noises: A whistling noise or feedback in your hearing aid typically indicates a poor fit. A well-fitting hearing aid should be snug. To help identify if poor fit is causing the feedback, turn your volume down. If the noise stops, poor fit is likely causing the problem. We’d recommend making an appointment with the team at Audiology Associates. Our hearing care professionals can validate the fit of your hearing aid for you.

Your Hearing Aid Has Gotten Wet: Your hearing aid is naturally going to be exposed to some levels of moisture. If it’s gotten wet though, leave it out to air-out. You may also want to put it into a bag of uncooked rice which will help to soak up excess moisture. Always remember to remove your hearing aids before swimming, showering or taking a bath.

The Sound Is Weak: If you feel that the sound in your hearing aids is weak, it’s possible that your baseline hearing may have changed. If it’s been a while since your last hearing assessment, we recommend booking in one today.

The Sound Is Distorted: If the sound is distorted in your hearing aid, see if there is any corrosion on the battery or contact points. If you do find corrosion, come in and visit our team who will be able to help give it a thorough clean!

The Aid Is Not Working: If your hearing aid doesn’t appear to be working, first make sure that it’s switched on.


Troubleshooting Hearing Aids If They’re Not Working Properly

If these common hearing aid problems sound familiar, this checklist can help you further troubleshoot: 

✓ Is the battery in correctly? You should be able to close the door easily, at which point the aid should switch on.

✓ Try replacing the battery.

✓ Check the mold, dome, tubing and microphone for any waxy blockage or moisture.

✓ Do you have the volume at the correct setting? Make sure it’s not set too low.

✓ Do you have the hearing aid on the correct program and / or setting?

✓ Does the device appear damaged? Is the tubing cracked or squashed? If you suspect that the device is damaged, we recommend booking in an appointment with the team.


Let Us Help You!

We’re committed to your hearing, and want you to make the most out of your hearing aids. If you would like our hearing care professionals to check over your devices or have any further questions, we’d be happy to help. Please call 970-352-288 to arrange your next consultation, or click here to request an appointment online.

We are hearing experts.

Audiology Associates has provided hearing care since 1972. We offer general audiology services for all ages, with an emphasis in amplification and operative monitoring. Our practice is the oldest and most trusted audiology and hearing aid practice in Colorado.

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