Do you remember the discomfort you felt when you got braces, and the feeling of the metal in your mouth was unbearable? Or when you got glasses for the first time, and you couldn’t stop touching them and sliding them back up your nose? After a few weeks and certain adjustments, they became a part of you and started to be unnoticeable.
The same rules apply to your new hearing aids: it’s an adjustment, and it takes some time, but at All About Hearing, we’re here to help make a positive transition to better hearing.
When you first receive your hearing aids, we work with you in your fitting to make sure they’re working at maximum advantage to you, helping with comfort and any adjustments that might be needed before you use your hearing aids daily. We’re here for the life-span of your hearing aid, giving you the highest level of care possible with any problems that may arise.
There are multiple reasons why you might not be hearing amplified sound when you first put your hearing aid on. Here are a few causes and fixes:
- The battery might be dead. Make sure you are charging them every night or replace the batteries as soon as you know they’re running out. Your hearing aid will not perform as intended with a depleted battery.
- If the batteries are fully charged, you may have accidentally switched it off while putting it on. Double-check that it’s turned on.
- If it’s on, check the volume setting. Between taking it off and putting it back on, the volume could have slipped to a lower setting.
- Wax or dirt could be clogging the receiver tube and microphone. Make sure you are cleaning your hearing aids regularly to ensure they are working correctly.
If you’ve gone through the list and still aren’t hearing any sound, give us a call at 432-689-2220, and we can walk through what might be going on.
For any distorted sounds, or if the hearing aid is cutting cut, there are a few possible issues. For distorted sounds, it’s always a good idea to check the battery and clean the hearing aid. A low battery or a wax-filled hearing aid will change the way the sound comes through to your inner ear, so it’s essential to keep the batteries charged and to clean your hearing aids as often as you can.
Whistling & Feedback
A common problem hearing aid users find is feedback and whistling sounds. This can be in the form of high-pitched sounds or sudden jarring noises. This happens when the hearing aids pick up their own noises or may have become misaligned while being inserted. Check that they fit correctly in your ear. If the hearing aid is moving around, it can cause feedback.
Let us know if you hear any buzzing or ringing feedback. This can sometimes be caused by interference with your cell phone, but other adjustments may need to be made to resolve the issue.
Your hearing aid might feel awkward at first as your body gets used to something new. We recommend that you ease yourself into wearing them and build up your endurance. Try wearing them for 8-hour intervals and bring it up slowly to the full day. As you wear them more often and get used to having the hearing aid in your ear, the uncomfortable feeling goes away for most people. If it persists, there’s a possibility there was an issue with the mold, in which case, call us at 432-689-2220to talk through the next steps.
You may also get mild headaches at the start of wearing them as your body, and your brain adjusts from hearing little to no sound to hearing it amplified. These usually go away as your brain gets used to the feeling. If any headaches persist, please call us so we can talk through any adjustments that might be needed to ensure a great experience.
Adapting Has Its Rewards
It takes time to adjust to hearing aids, so patience is key when troubleshooting. Working with an audiologist gives you the highest level of care possible as you get used to your new hearing aids.
At All About Hearing, we will be there for every step of your journey to better hearing and ensure your success. It’s essential to consult with us if any follow-up appointments are needed. If you still need support, give us a call at 432-689-2220/a> and speak with us today.
Dr. Sally earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1991 and a Master of Arts degree in 1994 at the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her Doctor of Audiology degree in 2000 from the University of Florida. She became the first Doctor of Audiology in Midland and was among the first in the state when the requirements to practice Audiology changed from a Master’s Degree to a Doctorate. In 2011 she was recognized as Business Woman of the Year from the Midland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.