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Why Does My Hearing Aid Keep Beeping?

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Wearing a hearing aid can be an effective way of improving your hearing if you’re experiencing hearing loss. But when something goes wrong with your hearing aid, it can soon become a problem.

There are several reasons why your hearing aid could be beeping, whistling or making other sounds. While it can be a sign that you need to replace your hearing aid, there could also be a simple solution to help you get rid of the beeping sound. 

Learn some of the reasons why your hearing aid might be beeping, and what you can do to fix it.

A low battery

Some hearing aids could signal a beeping sound to alert you that the battery needs replaced. You can usually find compatible hearing aid batteries in stores and online, and it’s worth having a stock of them to help you change them easily.

If you’ve changed the battery, but you’re still experiencing beeping or other noise, carry out some further troubleshooting or visit your audiologist to see if they can diagnose the issue.

A jammed button

Continuous beeping could be the result of something simple like a jammed button. Check your hearing aid doesn’t have any buttons that have become stuck, and give it a clean if there is lint, hair or dust that could be affecting the buttons.

Your hearing aid isn’t inserted correctly

A poorly fitted hearing aid can also cause feedback or beeping and is something you should get addressed straight away. 

Just because your hearing aid was fitted correctly before, it doesn’t mean that can’t change over time. For example, you could have experienced weight gain or loss that changes the way your hearing aid fits.

If your hearing aid no longer fits as it should and is either making a noise or has become uncomfortable, make an appointment with your audiologist to have it refitted or to choose another hearing aid that’s a better fit for your ear.

Earwax

Having a build-up of wax in the ears can cause your hearing aid to make noise. This is because the sound transmitted from your hearing aid can’t travel to where it needs to go. This can make things uncomfortable for you, and a build-up of wax can also become painful. 

Some of the services we provide at Advanced Audiology Services include earwax removal, which can help provide immediate relief, while also helping you to get the full benefit of your hearing aid.

The volume isn’t right

Sometimes, a beeping or strange noise from your hearing aid can come from issues with the volume. If you have the volume up too loud, you could be experiencing some feedback that’s causing the noise. This can easily be resolved by turning the volume down.

If, however, you’re experiencing difficulty hearing at even a higher volume, it’s important to book an appointment with your audiologist. You might need further tests or an alternative hearing aid to help you hear more effectively.

Your hearing aid is damaged

If you’ve been through multiple troubleshooting steps and you’re still experiencing a beeping sound or another noise, it could be a sign that your hearing aid is damaged. Your audiologist should be able to carry out some diagnostic work to see if there’s anything noticeably wrong, but if not, it’s possible you’ll need a replacement.

As a rule, your hearing aid should be replaced every three to five years, so if you’ve reached this point and are beginning to experience beeping or other issues, then it could be time for a new one. This will give you the chance to look at the different types of hearing aids that are available and find the one that’s most suitable for you. 

While a beeping sound from your hearing aid can be irritating, it isn’t usually a cause for concern. Sometimes, the explanation can be simple, such as a low battery or something causing a button to stay pressed. Most issues can be resolved quickly and easily, but if not, your audiologist is on hand to help you with repairs or finding a replacement.

If you’re having issues with your hearing aid, Advanced Audiology Services can help. Get in touch with us to make an appointment or call us at 810-388-9400 so that we can help you find the right hearing aid for you.