Hearing Aid Feedback
Hearing aids a great way to hear the important sounds from your life again. From your loved ones, to nature and music, hearing aids can make a huge difference in your life.
Sadly, these devices might draw some unwanted attention due to feedback noises which sometimes produce a loud, high-pitched noise.
Hearing aid feedback is defined as a noise that is produced when an acoustic signal - or sound wave - leaves the ear canal and comes in contact with the hearing aid’s microphone. It may sound like a buzz, hiss, screech, squeal, static or whistle.
This is a common issue with hearing aids. If a hearing aid user has a severe hearing loss, there is a higher chance for feedback noise due to the intensity and magnitude of the sound wave.
Causes of Feedback in Hearing Aids
There are three common types of hearing aid feedback that wearers experience: acoustical, electronic or mechanical.
Hearing Aid Feedback in the Latest Devices
Modern hearing aids are much less prone to create feedback because they are designed to handle the noises. These hearing aids also don’t produce a lot of feedback noises for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. As long as the device is in proper working condition, is either custom fitted, or a standard hearing aid that fits comfortably, and the sounds are traveling to the eardrum, there should not be any issues.
Fine-tuning Your Hearing Aids to Avoid Feedback
Feedback sounds are not detrimental to your health, but they may irritate you or cause some embarrassment when you’re in a public environment. If the feedback is acoustical, here are some things you can do that might correct the issue.
Get Help for Your Hearing and Hearing Aids
Don’t let the fear of experiencing feedback noises stop you from getting your hearing treated. Untreated hearing loss can worsen over time, and exposes you to other health issues including dementia, depression, social isolation and other psycho-social problems.
If you, or a loved one, use hearing aids and experience feedback noises, please schedule an appointment with one of our hearing instrument specialists at Pure Sound Hearing Aids. We offer custom-fit hearing aids, and standard hearing aids with domes that are available in a variety of sizes.