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Tips For Dealing With Hearing Aid Feedback

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Modern hearing aids feature sophisticated technology and can deliver high quality, crystal clear sound. However, even high-end hearing aids may occasionally have feedback. Here’s why this happens and what you can do to mitigate the problem.

What is hearing aid feedback?
Hearing aid feedback refers to a whistling noise that is produced when a sound loop occurs in a hearing device. A sound loop happens when sound travelling from the microphone to the receiver finds its way back to the microphone, where it’s amplified further with every loop. The resulting sound intensifies with every cycle until it turns into a high-pitched whistle or squeal.

How do I stop my hearing aid from whistling?
Occasional hearing aid feedback is normal. It can occur when your aid shifts position, for example when you bend over, hug someone or insert your device. Typically, you can stop the whistling simply by taking out and re-inserting your hearing aid. The next most common cause of feedback is a buildup of wax. In such cases, thoroughly cleaning your hearing aids should resolve the issue.

Ongoing hearing aid feedback is another matter. It may be caused by loose or poorly fitting hearing aids or broken tubing — issues that need to be resolved by your audiologist or hearing aid practitioner.

Why does my hearing aid sound muffled?
If everything around you sounds muffled, that’s because likely there’s a layer of earwax blocking where the sound comes out, resulting in unclear, muffled or distorted sounds.

How often should hearing aid filters be changed?
To avoid feedback issues, it’s important to have clean hearing aid filters, or wax guards. There’s no hard and fast rule for when to change your wax guards, as it depends on how much wax your ear produces. Some people need to change theirs every two weeks, others every few months.

Are you looking for a qualified hearing aid practitioner in Alberta?
At Soundwave Hearing Care, we provide personalized hearing services for people of all ages. If you need quality hearing aids for yourself or your children, or if you need hearing aid repairs, our experienced audiologists and hearing aid practitioners are at your service. You can also turn to us for a reliable hearing test. Contact us today to schedule an appointment in Calgary, High River, Lethbridge or Grande Prairie.

All the blogs are reviewed and edited by our clinic's lead audiologist, Dr. Anne Wooliams. Dr. Woolliams is an experienced audiologist specialized in pediatric audiology, auditory processing, and tinnitus/sound sensitivity therapy. She is dedicated to providing top-notch hearing care and helping her clients improve their language and communication abilities. Dr. Woolliams' expertise in literature and linguistics, combined with her passion for helping people improve their language and communication, make her an incredibly valuable asset in the field of audiology. Learn more about Dr. Woolliams.