It’s a tough pill to swallow, for many, dealing with and acknowledging the reality of hearing loss. Nevertheless, you soldiered through and visited a hearing professional for a hearing aid fitting appointment, because you realized that’s what is best for your health. More than likely, you immediately realized the advantages one gets by using a hearing aid, including the ability to hear speech (even among the buzz of background noise), the possibility of recognizing from mental decline and the ability to deal with tinnitus.
But on occasion you get a loud, piercing, shrieking negative among all the life altering positives. You get a loud whistling sound from your hearing aids. Feedback is the more common term for this whistling. 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. This, luckily for you, is a problem that can be corrected fairly easily. We’ve put together a recap of three tried-and-true ways to stop your hearing aid from whistling.
1. Modify 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 connected to it. If the hearing aid doesn’t fit properly within your ear, sound can get out and reverberate through the hearing aid’s microphone. Depending on how poorly the fit is and how much sound has escaped, the consequences of the leakage can be either a constant or a sporadic squealing. A plastic tube connects certain hearing aid models with an earmold. As time passes, this piece can crack, harden or shrink, which unseats the earmold from its correct position. This movement can cause squealing, but you can improve the issue by switching the plastic piece.
2. Remove Excessive Earwax
It’s strange to think of something like earwax, which is perceived by most people to be foul or unwelcome, as beneficial to our bodies, but it actually is. This icky compound acts as a defense against irritants like dirt and stops them from entering our ears. While your ears will self-regulate how much earwax you hold, through actions like Talking and chewing, there are times when an accumulation of too much earwax can have negative repercussions. Feedback will unavoidably happen if you put a hearing aid on top of an excessive amount of earwax. This is because the amplified sound has nowhere to go because of the blockage from the wax. The sound circles back into the microphone because it has no clear exit. There are a few ways to remove an overabundance of wax from your ears like letting a warm shower run into your ears. However, the best idea may be to speak to a hearing specialist about properly cleaning your ears to avoid excessive accumulation and subsequent whistling.
3. Make Certain The Microphone is Uncovered
Often the most apparent solution is the most practical. How many times have you seen someone try 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? The same idea applies here. Anything covering the hearing aid can cause them to whistle. You may even get the same result by covering the microphone with your hand or another object, like if you bury your ear in someone’s shoulder while giving them a hug. This problem should be easy to correct simply by uncovering the hearing aid.
Here’s a bonus tip: A new hearing aid may be the best choice. Some causes for concern are being alleviated by modern hearing aid models and manufacturers are integrating new technology regularly. Give us a call if you are interested in learning about new hearing aid technology or if you are having trouble with your current hearing aids whistling.