Man holding ear because his hearing aid is whistling.

It’s difficult to accept, for many, coming to grips with and accepting the reality of hearing loss. Nevertheless, you pushed through and visited a hearing professional for a hearing aid fitting session, because you knew that’s what is best for your health. More than likely, you immediately recognized the advantages one receives by using a hearing aid, including the ability to deal with tinnitus, hear speech (even among the din of background noise), and the possibility of recovering from mental decline.

But sometimes you get a loud, piercing, shrieking negative among all the life changing advantages. Your hearing aids squeal. Feedback is the more familiar word for this whistling. It’s like what happens when a microphone comes too close to the sound system, the only difference is this time it’s directly in your ear. Fortunately, this is a problem you can correct relatively easily. Stopping your hearing aid from squealing can be accomplished using the following guidelines:

1. Adjust The Fit of Your Hearing Aid

Perhaps the most predominant reason for feedback or whistling in the ear concerns the placement of your hearing aid in your ear or the earmold connected to it. The sound can escape 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 continuous or a sporadic squealing. A plastic tube connects certain hearing aid models with an earmold. In time, the earmold can become unseated from its correct position due to shrinking, cracking and hardening. This movement can cause whistling, but you can correct the issue by switching the plastic piece.

2. Excessive Earwax Should be Removed

Earwax is actually beneficial for our bodies, even though, ironically, we usually think of it as unwelcome or even nasty. This gooey compound acts as a defense against irritants such as dirt and prevents them from entering our ears. Actions, such as talking or chewing assist your ears to regulate the amount of earwax they produce but there can be a negative effect if too much earwax builds up. Feedback will inevitably occur if you put a hearing aid on top of too much earwax. This is because the amplified sound has nowhere to go due to the blockage from the wax. With no clear exit, the sound circles and goes through the microphone once more. There are a few ways to get rid of an abundance of wax from your ears like letting a warm shower run into your ears. However, the best idea might 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

Sometimes the most obvious answer is the most effective. How many times have you seen somebody try to take a photo with the lens cap on their camera and watched as they became temporarily puzzled about why the picture didn’t develop? With hearing aids the same thing can happen. Anything covering the device can cause it to whistle. If you cover the microphone with your hand or something else, you get the same outcome, like if you hug someone and bury your ear into their shoulder. Uncovering the hearing aid should be enough to fix the issue.

Here’s a bonus tip: A new hearing aid might be the best option. Manufacturers are regularly integrating new hearing aid technology into devices, and we’ve already seen modern models alleviate some of these causes for worry. Give us a call if you are interested in checking out new hearing aid technology or if you are having trouble with your current hearing aids whistling.

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