Hearing aids make our lives better, but what if they're not working well? Actually, there is no single right answer. The solution is not always straightforward. Some hiccups in their performance are entirely normal, particularly during the initial adjustment phase. The good news is that in the majority of cases, these problems are minor and can be easily addressed.
Today, the majority of modern hearing aids are equipped with an automatic acoustic feedback cancellation system, which effectively eliminates whistling, also known as the 'Larsen effect,' caused by sound dispersion. The system prevents sound from reverting to the microphone. To avoid whistling, consider the following precautions:
Hearing different, high, low, or unusual sounds when you start using a hearing aid doesn't necessarily mean your device is broken. It's important to remember that people with hearing impairments need a bit of time to get used to all the sounds when they first use a hearing aid. The adjustment happens gradually as you become more familiar with the device and learn how to get the most out of it.
So, if you encounter some unexpected sounds in the first days, don't stress out. But if you have any concerns, it's always a good idea to chat with a hearing care professional or an audiology expert.
Most hearing aids are designed to be water-resistant, and you can easily find this information in the product data sheet. Water-resistant devices are built to withstand daily exposure to sweat and rain, protecting the device from accidental drops and splashes. However, it's important to note that while they offer some water resistance, these devices are not impervious to all conditions. They should not be used while swimming, especially in saltwater, as it can result in irreversible damage to the device.
In general, it's advisable to avoid using hearing aids in the shower, pool, or exposing them to water jets, as well as storing them in damp places. Excessive moisture can cause a hearing aid to stop working or require the replacement of important components, if not a complete replacement. Hearing aids are durable, but protecting their components is key to maintaining clear sound quality and using them for an extended period.
Having regular check-ups with your audiologist is the key to great hearing. Our hearing abilities can change, especially as we get older, and these check-ups help catch and prevent issues. By adjusting your hearing aid to your current needs, you can keep hearing well and enjoying a vibrant, active life.
The best way to treat hearing loss is through prevention. Make an appointment at one of our Amplifon clinics to have your hearing health checked. You will learn more about our hearing solutions and different types of hearing aids.