Is Your Hearing Aid Acting Up?
Hearing loss is a common condition, and according to National Institutes of Health, one in eight Americans has some level of hearing loss in both ears. While hearing loss is often irreversible, hearing aids can make a major difference in a patient’s life. Getting used to hearing aids is certainly an adjustment, and you may need some time to learn how to wear and operate your hearing aids properly. However, you don’t have to put up with discomfort or sound quality issues.
If you’re starting to notice problems with your hearing aids, you may need to have them adjusted, repaired, or replaced. Below, The Hearing Group, serving patients in Essex County, New Jersey, highlights a few common hearing aid issues that our team of audiologists can address.
Your Hearing Aids Need Cleaning
If you are experiencing poor sound quality, your hearing aids may simply need a quick cleaning. Ear wax and dust can build up and block a hearing aid’s microphone, speaker, dome or earmold, making it difficult for you to hear clearly. There’s an easy way to prevent this: clean your device regularly, and keep your ears clean, too.
Many hearing aid models come equipped with a wax guard that helps protect your device from ear wax and debris buildup. You’ll need to replace this wax guard periodically – check with your audiologist if you’re not sure if you need a new wax guard. You should also use an approved brush or pick to clean the opening of your device – this is often provided by the manufacturer along with your device. Never use alcohol or solvents to clean your hearing aids, as these could damage them. When it comes to cleaning your ears, your audiologist can provide advice on the best products to use.
You’re Hearing Feedback
Whistling, buzzing, or static-like sounds caused by your device can be extremely disruptive in day-to-day life. Feedback sometimes happens when your device isn’t positioned properly, or when you have a buildup of earwax. If you’re wearing a mask, the ear loops can also jostle your device and cause feedback sounds.
Your audiologist can check your device for any internal issues that could lead to feedback, as well as make sure that your device is fitted properly. They may need to adjust your earmolds to ensure a snug and comfortable fit.
The Speakers Are Damaged
If you’re experiencing sound quality issues that don’t improve after a thorough cleaning, you may need to have your device checked. An audiologist can inspect your hearing aids for physical damage, moisture, and other issues that can affect the equipment. In some cases, your device can be fixed in the office. If part of your device is broken or damaged beyond repair, you may need to have it repaired or replaced by the manufacturer. The Hearing Group keeps a large stock of speakers in house to replace speakers that are broken or need to be replaced.
You’re Experiencing App Connection Issues
Today, many hearing aids are controlled via an application on your mobile phone. While this offers a convenient way to discreetly adjust your hearing aids in different settings, it can be confusing at first. If you’ve recently switched to Bluetooth hearing aids, your audiologist can walk you through the process of setting up your device, pairing it to your phone, and controlling your hearing aid settings from the manufacturer’s app.
Find Assistance from The Hearing Group
At The Hearing Group in New Jersey, we’re here to help all of our patients with any hearing aid issues they may be having. Our team offers audiological evaluations to identify any issues with a patient’s hearing, and Real Ear Measurements to identify any issues with the hearing device. We will also ensure that their hearing aids fit the way they should. The Hearing Group serves patients in Essex County, NJ, and the surrounding area. To have your hearing aid assessed for any issues you may be having by one of our audiologists, contact us today.