Man holding ear because his hearing aid is whistling.

It’s difficult to accept, for many, dealing with and accepting the reality of hearing loss. Nonetheless, you pushed through and went to a hearing professional for a hearing aid fitting appointment, because you realized that’s what was best for your health. More than likely, you immediately recognized the advantages one receives by wearing a hearing aid, including the ability to hear speech (even among the buzz of background noise), the possibility of recognizing from cognitive decline and the ability to treat tinnitus.

But on occasion you get a loud, piercing, shrieking negative among all the life altering advantages. Your hearing aids whistle. The squealing you’re hearing is more typically known as feedback. It’s like what happens when a microphone gets too close to the sound system, the only difference is this time it’s directly in your ear. This, fortunately for you, is a problem that can be fixed fairly 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 involves the positioning of your hearing aid in your ear or the earmold it’s connected to. The sound can get out and reverberate through the microphone of the hearing aid if it doesn’t fit right. The consequences of that leakage can be a whistling that’s either sporadic or constant, depending on how much sound has escaped and how poorly the fit actually is. A plastic tube connects some 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 squealing, but you can correct the problem by switching the plastic piece.

2. Get Rid of Excessive Earwax

It’s ironic to think of something such as earwax, which is thought of by many people to be foul or unwelcome, as beneficial to our bodies, but it actually is. This icky substance acts as a defense against irritants such as dirt and stops them from entering our ears. Actions, such as talking or chewing help your ears control the amount of earwax they produce but there can be an adverse effect if too much earwax accumulates. When you put a hearing aid on top of an extreme amount of earwax, you’re bound to receive feedback. Because of the blockage from earwax, the amplified sound has nowhere to go and this is the reason for the feedback. With no clear exit, the sound circles and passes through the microphone again. Doing things like letting warm shower water run into your ears can help remove excessive earwax. However, the best idea could be to make an appointment with a hearing specialist about properly cleaning your ears to prevent excessive accumulation and subsequent whistling.

3. Make Certain The Microphone is Uncovered

Often times the most effective solution is the most evident. Have you ever seen someone attempting to take a picture which didn’t come out, only to discover that the lens cap was still on? With hearing aids the same thing can occur. Whistling can happen when something is covering the device. If you cover the microphone with your hand or another object, you get the same outcome, like if you give someone a hug and put your ear into their shoulder. Uncovering the hearing aid should be enough to fix the problem.

Here’s a bonus tip: Think about getting a new hearing aid. Some causes for worry are being relieved by modern hearing aid models and manufacturers are developing new technology all of the time. If you’re having problems with whistling from your hearing aids, or you’re interested in learning more about new hearing technology, give us a call.