Modern hearing aids are incredibly sophisticated pieces of technology.

They don’t just amplify sounds, but they can also stream calls, provide clarity in different environments, and last for years into the future.

But over time, you can encounter the occasional problem. As with any type of intricate software, it’s not completely infallible.

Patients with new devices sometimes also need some extra coaching to get the best from their technology during their initial month as a wearer.

These are some of the common hearing aid issues and how you can troubleshoot them.

“Certain noises hurt my ears”

When a patient is fitted with a new set of hearing aids, they can sometimes experience mild pain from specific sounds.

Patients who’ve had an undiagnosed auditory issue for a number of years are particularly susceptible to this issue.

This is because, after many years of suppressed hearing, some noises can suddenly seem harsh or severe.

Whether these sounds are from road traffic or a booming speaker, people can find this immediate sensory development strange, unfamiliar, and worrisome.

The solutions:

  • If you’re experiencing this after a fitting, it’s important to take a break from your hearing aids for periods at a time.
  • You can also try to normalize certain sounds that are causing you trouble from the comfort of your own home, where you can stop them if needed.
  • For those with older devices who are experiencing this issue, it’s important to speak to Dr. Holland or me about your problem.
  • Older devices can run into difficulties – either from moisture build-up or long-term usage – and we can offer technical advice and expertise about possible fixes.

“I can hear a whistling sound”

For those who can remember the sixties and seventies, a common complaint of many hearing aid wearers was that their devices made whistling noises.

Today, hearing aids are incomparable to these early models, but occasionally, this annoying issue can resurface among patients.

It can arise for a number of reasons, including poor positioning, high volume levels, obstructions from clothing or hair, and damage to the technology.

Often, a patient can fix this issue themselves, without an audiologist, so it is worth trying these solutions out if you’re experiencing this problem.

The solutions:

  • If a device feels improperly positioned, take it out and place it in your ear again. If it doesn’t fit snuggly, you may need a new fitting.
  • If the volume level seems like the primary issue, reduce it on your device a little, to a point where it feels more comfortable.
  • For those with longer hair or who often put on headwear, make sure none of these things are in contact with your device’s microphone.
  • Lastly, check your device for any signs of damage. If the casing is cracked, it may need to be changed for a new one.

“I can’t hear anything”

One of the most frustrating issues that hearing aid wearers can have is when, all of a sudden, their device stops producing noises.

For those who fully depend on hearing aids to understand the world around them, this can be particularly distressing.

This issue can occur for a variety of reasons, and it’s good to try some of these solutions as there may be an easy remedy.

The solutions:

  • First, check that the device is turned on properly.  This may seem obvious, but sometimes it happens to fix the issue.
  • Another common problem is low volume. Try changing the levels on your device to see if it makes any difference to what you can hear.
  • Sometimes wax build-up in someone’s ear can be the issue. In these cases, talk to Dr. Susan Holland or me at the clinic, and we can solve this.
  • Finally, a hearing aid can just be suffering from a dead battery. Put a new one in and see if the device returns to full power again.

“My hearing aids feel uncomfortable”

While a patient will have to get used to the sensation of wearing a hearing aid, no one should feel discomfort from a device.

Unfortunately, some patients feel that this is normal and decide to ditch their device rather than address what is causing the problem.

It’s unlikely that those who’ve had a fitting at Holland Hearing will experience this issue, as Dr. Holland and I work tirelessly to ensure each patient is satisfied.

But for those who are concerned, there are a number of ways they can try and rectify this issue.

Solutions:

  • Check whether the hearing aid has sustained any damage. If it’s not in perfect condition, this may be causing the problem.
  • If you’ve purchased your device from another provider, consider coming to Holland Hearing to get an expert fitting, which won’t cause you any future issues.
  • If you haven’t worn hearing aids before, take breaks when initially using them. It can take a while to acclimatize to a new device.
  • If you’re still experiencing a problem, call Holland Hearing and either Dr. Holland or I will be happy to assist you further.

Are you having trouble with your hearing aid or know someone else who is? Contact us at Holland Hearing by calling (325) 437-4730, and we can assist you today!

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Dr. Kelsi Mangrem AU.D, FAAA

Dr. Kelsi Mangrem AU.D, FAAA

Dr. Kelsi Mangrem received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, as well as her Doctorate of Audiology from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). Whether a patient, employee, or industry colleague, the philosophy of service to others resonates throughout her character.
    My experience with Holland Hearing from day one was wonderful!How Bill Was ‘Floored’ By The Difference
    I first realized that I had a hearing loss 30 years ago when I started to hear a bothersome noise in my ears. I first thought this was tinnitus. The first person that I went to said I had a little high frequency loss and there was nothing that could be done about my tinnitus. Then I started having difficulty accurately hearing certain words, especially in crowds or at a restaurant. As time passed and I knew I needed to get my hearing tested again, my biggest fear was that the tinnitus could not be mitigated and that any devices I needed were financially out of my reach. My experience with Holland Hearing from day one was wonderful! I met with Dr. Sue Ann and was made to feel comfortable. I felt like I was important to her and her staff, and that they would stick with me until I was satisfied that my hearing issues were resolved. Everyone was friendly, professional, patient, and genuinely concerned about my situation and resolving my issues. I was floored at the difference the hearing aids made! The devices had a feature to help me cope with the tinnitus and I quickly realized I had been missing out on so much because my hearing was definitely not what it needed to be and could be. The “quality of life” thing exists and was so vastly improved after getting tested and fitted for hearing aids. And I actually was able to afford them! Holland Hearing had payment options that fit my financial life perfectly. If you’re considering visiting Holland Hearing Center, I would say that you would not find a better group of hearing professionals anywhere else. I had experience in Abilene and in Dallas with other audiologists and their staff were not at all positive. Holland Hearing was outstanding in all elements of what I expected from the experience. Anyone in this area who has any concerns about their hearing needs to drop everything and get an appointment with Dr. Mangrem or Dr. Holland as soon as they can. You will be absolutely pleased with the results.

    Bill
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    “I’m a singer and I’ve sung I don’t know how many times in Abilene over the last 30 years. I came here for my most important stop, Holland Hearing Center. I have severe hearing loss from loud music and shooting guns. I hope if you have hearing loss that you should take my word, I could go anywhere in the world, I choose to come to Abilene to Holland Hearing Center.”

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    At age 62 years old, I had my first hearing test and learned I had lost the high pitch sounds in my left ear. It was a bit scary but as I continued to lose more hearing in that ear and some in my right ear, it really started hindering my association with family and friends, making me uncomfortable because I had to ask them to repeat their conversation to me. Because I am very claustrophobic and had been treated harshly when attempting to have further hearing tests at two or three different places throughout the years, I was very scared and hesitant about having a hearing test. In fact, I wouldn’t have gone for another hearing test, but after hearing me say, “Huh?” and, “What?” to almost every sentence, my husband called Holland Hearing without asking me. I found the experience excellent! Dr. Mangrem was extremely patient and understanding with me, making the whole experience very pleasant. For five years prior to my appointment, I had worn a hearing amplifier in my left ear that I had purchased through the mail. It helped me hear a little better but there were disadvantages. It required batteries and the device would squeal loudly when that ear was pressed when hugging, etc. With the ReSound Hearing Aids I purchased at Holland Hearing, both of those problems were eliminated. I hadn’t realized how much I was missing. It is wonderful to be able to hear again. If you’re considering Holland Hearing Center, my advice to you is to make an appointment and give them a chance to give you back as much hearing as possible. It will change your daily life.

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    I first noticed that I might have a hearing loss when my wife said I never listen anymore. I had noticed some ringing in my ears and some tone loss but prior to my appointment with Holland Hearing Center, I believed my hearing loss was just a part of getting old and that hearing devices were too intrusive and annoying for me to be comfortable with them (which I now know not to be true – I barely notice they’re there unless I fidget with them). My experience at my first appointment was awesome. I had decided to address my issue with a new attitude – be honest and accept the inevitable. I did not realize that I only had a certain frequency loss. The enhancement of that is amazing. Wearing hearing aids means that I can now comfortably play and listen to music. I’m so amazed at the difference in the sound quality I can hear. And as for my wife, she loves me more because I am not ignoring her unintentionally. Because they are Bluetooth connected to my phone, I can better listen to phone calls, the radio, sports, and even meditation therapy. My advice to you is that hearing aids are not just for old people. Everyone at any age needs the most optimal capability of any of our senses given to us by God. Vision, dental, or even hearing. Holland Hearing understands this and I found them to be very patient and educational. Please don’t short yourself on the best quality of life. Richard