You rely on your hearing aids for your day-to-day life. If they’re not working as expected, it can be frustrating. If your hearing aid has been making a buzzing sound, it can be annoying. In some cases, the buzzing can even be painful if it’s loud or sustained. In our blog today, we’re looking at common problems with hearing aids and what you can do to troubleshoot them.
Troubleshooting Your Hearing Aid(s)
If your hearing aid is buzzing, the first thing you should check is your batteries. If the batteries are in good shape with no visible damage, it’s likely that the buzzing you’re hearing is feedback from your hearing aids.
4 Reasons Your Hearing Aid is “Buzzing”
1.) The Volume is Too High
It’s only natural that you’re going to want to adjust the volume on your hearing aids. In loud social settings, you may be tempted to increase the volume on your device. However, setting it too high can cause feedback.
Before adjusting your volume, ask yourself how often you’re actually having to make these adjustments? When was the last time that you had a hearing assessment? Is it possible that your hearing has actually changed? If it’s been over a year since your last hearing assessment, we recommend booking one in. At Kenwood Hearing Center, our hearing care specialists will be able to check your baseline hearing and your hearing devices. Click here to request an appointment with the team today.
2.) Your Hearing Aid was Touched or Bumped
If you’ve heard a quick burst of feedback, the most common cause is something coming in contact with your hearing aid. If you’ve just given someone a hug, they may have bumped your ear.
Occasionally, wearing something on your head such as a hat or headgear can obstruct sound waves. If you are wearing something on your head and experiencing feedback, try removing the item and see if it resolves the issue.
3.) Your Ears are Dirty
Earwax is an important part of a healthy ear. It serves to protect the skin in your ear canal, helps to clean your ear, and protects against bacteria, water and foreign objects.
Although earwax is a good thing, too much of it is not! Excess ear wax can stop sounds from getting to your hearing aids. In some cases, the ear wax will force the sounds back out, or even trap the sound. This can cause your hearing aids to make whistling or buzzing sounds.
You can see if earwax is an issue by removing your hearing aids and checking to see if there is any wax buildup. If you need some tips on cleaning your hearing aid, our team would be happy to help!
4.) Your Hearing Aids Do Not Fit
Hearing aids should comfortably fit your ear. When your hearing aids don’t fit correctly, the sounds can bounce around your ear and cause feedback. In some cases, poor fit is the result of incorrectly inserting your hearing aids. Check your hearing aids are not too loose by removing your hearing aids and reinserting them. Make sure they’re seated snugly in your ear.
If you’ve ruled out placement as causing the issue, there are other reasons that your hearing aids no longer fit. Weight loss or gain can actually impact the fit of your devices. You may have also inadvertently damaged your device. We recommend coming in to meet the hearing care specialists at Kenwood Hearing Center who can check the fit.
Still Need Help with Your Hearing Aid? Contact Us Today!
If still have questions about your hearing aid, we can help you. Contact us today and schedule an appointment at one of our convenient Ohio hearing center locations: Bowling Green, Toledo, or Wauseon.