There could be many reasons as to why you are unable to hear anything from your hearing aids. General care and maintenance of your ears and your hearing aids will help to prevent problems; however, sometimes the dog will find your hearing aid and think it is a chew toy and there is just nothing you can do about it. Here are some reasons you may not be able to hear anything properly from your hearing aids.
- Your ear canal is impacted with earwax. Some people produce more wax than others in their ears and when you introduce a foreign object the production increases. Wax is there as a natural defense for the ear, to help get rid of any foreign bodies that may try to enter through the ear canal. Wax also helps to keep the ear canal clean. With all of that being said, a person may produce so much wax their ear canal becomes full or impacted with wax and it will need to be removed. If this is the case see your doctor to have it properly and professionally removed.
- Your hearing aid is impacted with wax. Wax is very good at finding small places to get into and a hearing aid is the perfect place. Wax will sometimes find its way into the receiver or the vent of a hearing aid causing no sound to travel into the ear. With the tools provided by your hearing health professional and the manufacturer you can clean out these tiny holes, but be very careful because if you dig too deep you can damage the internal working parts of your hearing aid. Your best bet is to see your hearing health professional so they can properly clean your hearing aid.
- Tubing issues. When the tubing of your BTE becomes dry, cracks or is brittle it can seem like the hearing aid is not working properly. True it is not but with a simple tubing change your hearing aid will back to its old self again.
- Your hearing has changed. Your hearing might have changed making it seem like your hearing aid is not working. Sometimes a minor adjustment after a hearing test can find this problem and quickly and easily fix it.
- Damage to your hearing aid. There could be some sort of internal damage to the hearing aid. There are many reasons and causes to internal damage, such as the dog eating it, moisture, mechanical failure over time or human error from cleaning. See your hearing health professional so they can determine what the problem may be. Sometimes your hearing health professional will be able to fix it in house, but do not be surprised if they have to send it to the manufacturer to be repaired.
- Battery. This is a common oversight. You forgot to charge or change the battery in your hearing aid. This is an easy fix and no concern for worry!
- Age of your hearing aid. Sometimes your hearing aids are old and tired and do not want to work anymore. Just as with everything else in this world your hearing aids do have an expiry date as well, sometimes sooner than we like. Check with your hearing health professional on the age and condition of your hearing aids.