It’s difficult to accept, for many, coming to grips with and accepting the reality of hearing loss. Nonetheless, you pushed on and visited a hearing expert for a hearing aid fitting appointment, because you realized that’s what is best for your health. More than likely, you quickly realized the advantages one gets from using a hearing aid, including the ability to hear speech (even amidst the buzz of background noise), the possibility of recognizing from cognitive decline and the ability to deal with tinnitus.
But once in a while you get a loud, piercing, shrieking negative among all the life changing positives. Your hearing aids squeal. Feedback is the more common word for this whistling. It’s like what happens when a microphone comes too close to the sound system, the only distinction is this time it’s directly in your ear. Fortunately for you, this is a problem you can fix relatively simply. We’ve organized a recap of three tried-and-true ways to stop your hearing aid from squealing.
1. Adjust The Fit of Your Hearing Aid
The positioning of the hearing aid in your ear or the earmold it’s connected to is likely the most prevalent reason for feedback. The sound can get out and reverberate through the microphone of the hearing aid if it doesn’t fit properly. The outcome of that leakage can be a whistling that’s either sporadic or continuous, depending on how much sound has escaped and how poorly the fit really is. With some hearing aid models, a plastic tube will connect the actual device with the earmold. Over time, the earmold can become unseated from its correct position due to hardening, cracking and shrinking. If you replace the plastic piece, you can correct the whistling which is caused by this movement.
2. Remove Excessive Earwax
Earwax is actually beneficial for our bodies, even though, ironically, we tend to think of it as unwanted or even nasty. This gooey compound acts as a defense against irritants like dirt and stops them from entering our ears. While your ears will self-regulate the quantity of earwax you hold, through actions such as chewing or talking, there are times when an accumulation of too much earwax can have negative repercussions. When you place a hearing aid on top of an excessive amount of earwax, you’re bound to get feedback. Due to the blockage from earwax, the amplified sound can’t go anywhere and this is the reason for the feedback. The sound circles back into the microphone because it has no definite exit. There are a few ways to eliminate an overabundance of wax from your ears like letting a warm shower run into your ears. In order to avoid undue buildup, however, the best strategy is to have your ears correctly cleaned by a hearing care expert.
3. Make Certain The Microphone is Uncovered
Sometimes the most obvious solution is the most practical. How often have you seen somebody attempting to take a photo with the lens cap on their camera and watched as they became momentarily puzzled about why the picture didn’t develop? With hearing aids the same thing can happen. Whistling can occur when something is covering the device. If you cover the microphone with your hand or another object, you get the same outcome, like if you bury your ear in someone’s shoulder while hugging them. This issue should be easy to fix simply by uncovering the hearing aid.
Here’s a bonus tip: A new hearing aid may be the best solution. Some causes for worry are being alleviated by modern hearing aid models and manufacturers are integrating new technology all of the time. If you’re having trouble with whistling from your hearing aids, or you’re interested in learning more about new hearing technology, call us.