Hearing aids can dramatically improve your ability to process sounds as well as your overall quality of life. However, to get the most out of your device, you will need to have a regular maintenance routine that includes adjustments from your provider.
Common Reasons You Might Need a Hearing Aid Tune-Up
- Your hearing aid feels uncomfortable. Some people find their hearing aids feel uncomfortable when they first get them, just because they aren’t used to the feeling of something in their ear. This is fairly normal and should pass quickly as you get used to your device. However, if the discomfort lingers or it actually feels painful, you may need to have it refit.
- The volume is fluctuating. It should be easy for you to adjust your hearing aid volume. If you notice that you’re having a hard time finding a range that is right, you may need your settings changed.
- Your hearing aid is experiencing feedback. This is a high-pitched whistling noise that occurs in your device and can be uncomfortable. If it only happens on rare occasions, it is likely okay. However, frequent feedback may indicate that your hearing aid does not fit or work well or is clogged by earwax or fluid.
- You’re bothered by background noise. Sometimes hearing aids have trouble distinguishing between background noise and the sounds you want to hear. This can be especially true in louder environments like Venice Café. Adjusting your settings may help minimize this issue.
- Your hearing loss is getting worse. If you notice your hearing aids don’t seem to be working as well as they used to, it could be for a couple of reasons. There may be an issue with your device that can be fixed with adjustments or repairs. However, it could also mean that your hearing loss has changed, which happens over time. Visit your audiologist to see if you require a new device to meet your current hearing needs.
Clean Your Hearing Aid Every Day
While you can’t always prevent your hearing aid from having issues, you can reduce the likelihood by taking proper care of your device. This involves cleaning them with a soft dry cloth or soft-bristled brush every night after you take them out. Ensure you store them in a cool, dry place and avoid exposing them to heat or moisture.
If you would like more information about hearing aids or wish to schedule an appointment with one of our providers, call Center for Hearing & Speech today.