It’s a tough pill to swallow, for many, coming to grips with and admitting the reality of hearing loss. Nonetheless, you soldiered on and visited a hearing professional for a hearing aid fitting appointment, because you realized that’s what is best for your health. Most likely, you immediately recognized the advantages one receives by wearing a hearing aid, including the ability to treat tinnitus, hear speech (even among the din of background noise), and the possibility of recovering from mental decline.
But once in a while you get a loud, piercing, shrieking negative amongst all the life altering advantages. You get a loud whistling sound from your hearing aids. The squealing you’re hearing is more generally known as feedback. It’s like what happens when a microphone gets 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 easily. Stopping your hearing aid from squealing can be accomplished using the following guidelines:
1. Adjust The Fit of Your Hearing Aid
Possibly the most predominant reason for feedback or whistling in the ear involves the placement of your hearing aid in your ear or the earmold it’s connected to. The sound can get out and reverberate through the microphone of the hearing aid if it doesn’t fit properly. Depending on how poorly the fit is and how much sound has escaped, the outcome of the leakage can be either a constant or an intermittent whistling. With some hearing aid designs, a plastic tube will connect the actual device with the earmold. In time, the earmold can become unseated from its proper position due to hardening, cracking and shrinking. If you switch out the plastic piece, you can improve the whistling which is caused by this movement.
2. Remove Excessive Earwax
It’s ironic to think of something like earwax, which is thought of by many people to be foul or unwelcome, as beneficial to our bodies, but it really is. This gooey compound acts as a defense against irritants like dirt and prevents them from entering our ears. Actions, such as talking or chewing assist your ears to control the amount of earwax they produce but there can be a negative effect if too much earwax accumulates. When you put a hearing aid on top of an excessive amount of earwax, you’re bound to receive feedback. This is because the amplified sound has nowhere to go because of the blockage from the wax. With no clear exit, the sound circles and passes through the microphone again. There are a few ways to get rid of an abundance of wax from your ears such as letting a warm shower run into your ears. However, the best idea could be to speak to a hearing specialist about correctly cleaning your ears to avoid excessive buildup and subsequent whistling.
3. Uncover the Microphone
Sometimes the most apparent answer is the most practical. Have you ever noticed someone attempting to take a picture which didn’t come out, only to find that the lens cap was still on? With hearing aids the same thing can occur. Anything covering the device can cause it to whistle. You may even get the same outcome by covering the microphone with your hand or another object, like if you give someone a hug and put your ear into their shoulder. This issue should be easy to fix simply by uncovering the hearing aid.
Here’s a bonus tip: Think about getting a new hearing aid. Some causes for worry are being relieved by modern hearing aid models and manufacturers are developing 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.