A common complaint of hearing aid wearers is feedback or whistling. I’m sure we can all think of a time when we’ve seen someone fumbling with their hearing aid in an attempt to make the feedback stop. State-of-the-art technology has lessened this from happening, but even with the best technology feedback may be an occasional concern. Listed below are the most common reasons for hearing those unwanted noises.

First, if the hearing aid is not seated in the ear properly, amplified sound can leak out and feed back through the microphone. Reinserting or adjusting the ear mold, hearing aid or earbud should put a stop to that. If the tubing is cracked on your ear mold, it will need to be replaced. If you have a disposable ear bud and it hasn’t been replaced in a while, take the time to do so.

The second culprit is ear wax. If amplified sound has nowhere to go because your ear canal is filled with wax, whistling is the result. Sound loops back through the microphone and everyone hears the squeal. When you see your Audiologist or physician make sure that they examine your ears and remove the wax whenever possible.

Finally, a hearing aid that is not adjusted or fit properly can be the source of feedback. A simple programming adjustment may be all that is needed. Schedule an appointment to see your Audiologist.

It’s embarrassing to get a hug or to get close to a wall and hear whistling. If you or someone you know is troubled by feedback, check the physical fit and get the ears examined for wax. An Audiologist can help. Just ask us.