Troubleshooting The Most Common Hearing Aid Problems

how to troubleshoot common hearing aid issues

Hearing aids are incredible minicomputers that are custom fit and programmed for an individual’s hearing needs. However, just like any other piece of technology, they do require attention. Regular maintenance and cleaning of hearing aids is a must and knowing how to make a few simple repairs can help make life much easier for hearing aid wearers. So, if a hearing aid is not producing sound, not loud enough, or sounds distorted, relax. Steps can be undertaken to fix these problems before you see your local hearing healthcare professional.

Hearing Aids Not Producing Any Sound

Possible triggers for a hearing aid not providing sound include A dead battery, a blocked receiver tube, or damage to the device itself may cause a lack of sound from a hearing aid. Here is what you can do:

  1. Examine the battery for correct placement. Replace the battery if needed.
  2. Remove possible blockages and clean the device. The ear tube or the earbud gets clogged with earwax,
  3. If the hearing aid appears broken, contact a hearing aid specialist.

Hearing Aids Are Not Loud Enough

Aggravated because your hearing aids are not providing enough amplification even at high volumes? Try these tips:

  1. Visually inspect the hearing aid. If there is earwax blocking the microphone or sound outlet, clear it away.
  2. Is the device turned on? Take care to ensure the battery is placed correctly inside the hearing aid.
  3. If you have a manually operated volume, make sure it is turned up.
  4. Alternate between various programs on the device. If your hearing aid will permit, alter the settings and listen for changes in volume.
  5. Switch the battery.
  6. Contact a hearing aid specialist.

Distorted Sounds

Distorted sounds are bad sounds. These steps may help solve the issue:

  1. Visually examine the batteries for evidence of corrosion. If corrosion exists on the batteries, exchange them for new ones.
  2. Carefully examine the battery contacts. Open and shut the battery door several times to clean the battery contacts.
  3. Try a different setting because you may have switched to the telecoil setting.
  4. Look at the hearing aid for signs of damage. If you have a broken device, contact a hearing aid specialist.


Hearing a whistling noise in your ear? Feedback is a familiar problem with hearing aids. Here are a few ways to handle this annoying problem:

  1. Try removing your hearing aids and repositioning them inside your ears in case of the wrong placement inside your ears.
  2. Decrease the volume of the hearing aid, then check for distortion. If the noise has ceased, there might be sound leaking out through the vent or around the earmold. If this is your problem, you may need a professional adjustment.
  3. Perhaps your ears are blocked by earwax? Plan an appointment to have your ears professionally cleaned by a hearing care professional. Thoroughly rinse your hearing aids of all wax build-up.

Time To Visit A Hearing Healthcare Professional?

If all of your hard work and determination is not working, it may be time to arrange an evaluation with a hearing healthcare professional who can find the best fit for you. You do not need to settle for a hearing aid that is functioning incorrectly so act today!

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