What Are the Common Problems Hearing Aid Users Face?

a patient having difficulty inserting her hearing aids

When it comes to living a life with hearing aids, it can take some adjustment to get used to better hearing. These days, there are a plethora of hearing aid options available to patients. To that end, people requiring one or more hearing aids can choose ones that best meet their needs and are comfortable to wear.

Of course, hearing aids are not without their issues. Thankfully, the good news is most of them are very common, and so you won’t be stuck with hearing aids that are rendered useless. The following is a list of common problems that hearing aid users face and the best solutions to those issues:

Battery life

As you’ll already be aware by now, hearing aids function with the use of small batteries. As with all other types of batteries, there will come a time where the charge level runs low. When that happens, the batteries will need replacing.

Hearing aid batteries can last anything from a few days up to a fortnight. The amount of charge will depend on how often the hearing aids get used. With that in mind, it always makes sense for hearing aid users to carry spare batteries with them.

You can get disposable or rechargeable batteries for hearing aids. An audiologist can advise further and give recommendations on how to extend battery life, such as turning the devices off when they are not in use.

When it comes to cost, it’s worth mentioning that each patient’s medical benefits usually cover hearing aid batteries.

Moisture

Are hearing aids waterproof? In short, the answer is no. But there are many water-resistant hearing aids on the market these days. Some patients that use hearing aids sometimes forget to take them out of their ears before a shower or bath. As a result, those now drenched hearing aids have been rendered unusable.

Still, it’s possible to get hearing aids a little wet such as from sweat or when the wearer is walking outdoors while it’s raining. So, when hearing aids get a little wet, is there anything that can get done with moisture ingress?

One thing that can get done is to remove the hearing aids, take the batteries out of them, and set them aside somewhere warm indoors to dry out.

Feedback

One of the most common complaints about hearing aids by their users is hearing feedback. It can happen from doing simple things like walking or even wearers brushing their arms against their heads or faces.

The trouble with hearing aids picking up feedback is they amplify the sounds to such a degree that a high-pitched squealing noise can occur. There are a few tips and ideas that hearing aid users can follow to avoid hearing feedback noises.

One such example is to keep hearing aids switched off until they get correctly inserted inside each ear. Another, and one usually recommended by each patient’s audiologist, is to opt for hearing aids with feedback elimination technology.

Sleeping

Today’s modern hearing aids are so small that it’s often hard to determine when a person is wearing them. And because of that fact, some hearing aid users wish to keep them in their ears at night when they go to bed.

Not all hearing aids are comfortable to wear while sleeping. With that in mind, patients should speak with their audiologist to review different hearing models that can get worn 24 hours a day with ease.

Headaches

Something that affects patients new to hearing aids is headaches. Seasoned wearers of hearing aids don’t typically experience such issues. Why is that, you might be asking yourself? The answer is simple: The hearing aids might not have got fitted or configured correctly.

Some of the common reasons that new hearing aid users experience headaches include:

  • Incorrect volume control: The hearing aids might have got set at too high a volume
  • Incorrect installation: When hearing aids don’t get fitted the right way, they can cause discomfort.

Thankfully, those are problems that can get quickly resolved either by the hearing aids user or an audiologist.

Need help with hearing aids?

If you’re new to hearing aids or have been wearing them for a while, it makes sense to talk with a professional audiologist. Doing so means you can determine if you need to make any adjustments so that your hearing aids are a perfect fit and right for your needs.

Contact the friendly team at Country Roads Audiology & Hearing Aid Center today to schedule an appointment at (540) 209-8993.