How to Stop The Whistling in Your Ears

Man holding ear because his hearing aid is whistling.

For many individuals, acknowledging and coming to grips with the reality of hearing loss is a tough pill to swallow. Nonetheless, you pushed through and went to a hearing professional for a hearing aid fitting appointment, because you recognized that’s what is best for your health. Most likely, you quickly recognized the advantages one gets by using a hearing aid, including the ability to hear speech (even among the din of background noise), the potential to recover from mental decline and the ability to deal with tinnitus.

But once in a while you get a loud, piercing, shrieking negative amongst all the life altering benefits. You get a loud squealing noise from your hearing aids. The whistling you’re hearing is more generally 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 an issue that can be fixed fairly easily. Stopping your hearing aid from whistling can be accomplished using the following suggestions:

1. Modify The Fit of Your Hearing Aid

The positioning of the hearing aid in your ear or the earmold it’s connected to is likely the most common reason for feedback. The sound can escape and reverberate through the microphone of the hearing aid if it doesn’t fit properly. The result of that leakage can be a whistling that’s either intermittent or constant, depending on how much sound has escaped and how poorly the fit really is. With some hearing aid designs, a plastic tube will connect the actual device with the earmold. As time passes, this piece can harden, shrink or crack, which unseats the earmold from its best position. This movement can cause whistling, but you can improve the problem by replacing the plastic piece.

2. Excessive Earwax Should be Removed

It’s ironic to think of something like earwax, which is thought of by most people to be foul or unwelcome, as beneficial to our bodies, but it actually is. This icky compound acts as a defense against irritants like dirt and stops them from getting into our ears. Actions, like talking or chewing help your ears regulate the amount of earwax they generate but there can be a negative effect if too much earwax accumulates. When you insert a hearing aid on top of an extreme amount of earwax, you’re bound to receive feedback. The reason for this is that the amplified sound has nowhere to go due to the blockage from the wax. With no clear exit, the sound comes around and passes through the microphone again. There are a few ways to get rid of an overabundance of wax from your ears like letting a warm shower run into your ears. However, the best idea may be to speak to a hearing specialist about correctly cleaning your ears to prevent excessive accumulation and subsequent whistling.

3. Uncover the Microphone

Often times the most obvious answer is the most practical. How many times have you seen someone attempting to take a photo with the lens cap on their camera and watched as they became momentarily puzzled about why the picture didn’t develop? The same idea is applicable here. Whistling can occur when something is covering the device. If you cover the microphone with your hand or another object, you get the same result, like if you bury your ear in someone’s shoulder while giving them a hug. This issue should be easy to fix simply by uncovering the hearing aid.

Here’s a bonus tip: A new hearing aid may be the best option. Some causes for worry are being relieved by modern hearing aid models and manufacturers are integrating new technology regularly. If you’re having issues with whistling from your hearing aids, or you’re interested in learning more about new hearing technology, give us a call.

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