Why Do Hearing Aids Whistle? 

by | Dec 28, 2022 | Client Resources, Hearing Aids, Technology

The whistling noise you hear from your hearing aids is referred to as feedback, and it is caused by interference.

For people who wear hearing aids, chances are you have heard some sort of whistling or high-pitched hissing come from your device at some point – an experience you are likely looking to avoid. 

So why are they whistling, and how can you stop it?  

Why Your Hearing Aid Whistles 

The whistling noise you hear from your hearing aids is referred to as feedback, and it is caused by interference.  

Interference can be caused by two electronic devices close to each other. The sound coming from the device that was meant for your ear canal loops back around and ends up in the hearing aid microphone. This sound then gets reamplified in the form of whistling or high-pitched squealing. 

Once your hearing aids are correctly fitted, the whistling should stop, but even if they have been professionally fitted, things can change over time, such as: 

How Can I Stop My Hearing Aids from Whistling? 

There are a few things you can try at home that might help stop the feedback in your hearing aids. 

  1. Have a daily cleaning routine. Brush any dust and debris off your hearing aid microphones with a soft, dry cloth, or use the special brush that came with your hearing aids. 
  2. Use a wax pick to remove wax from any difficult-to-access grooves. 
  3. Change filters as needed, and change domes at least every three months. 
  4. If your hearing aid manufacturer has a testing app for your hearing aid, run the monthly diagnostic test on it. 

Where Can I Get My Whistling Hearing Aids Fixed in the Vancouver area? 

Having your hearing aid device checked regularly by a hearing professional helps prevent issues before they occur and keeps your hearing aids performing optimally. Fortunately, if you live in the Vancouver area, our Hear at Home mobile hearing clinic can come to you. 

Hearing aids are not a fix-it-and-forget-it device, which is why we recommend hearing aid fitting checks every three to six months. This way we can check the settings, the amount of earwax in your ear, the hearing aid tubes, molds and microphones and any other changes to the way the hearing aid fits in your ear canal. 

Book an appointment for a hearing aid clean and check with Hear at Home. We look forward to seeing you and helping you benefit from hearing aids that are fully functional. 

And if you are interested in upgrading your current hearing aids, we can help with that too. 

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Jennifer Abbott

Jennifer Abbott brings over 25 years of experience in business. She has worked in multiple industries, including insurance brokerage, aviation, and health. Her career journey enabled her to acquire impeccable skills to help people find solutions in any situation. Jennifer is well travelled. She has lived and worked in Dubai for award-winning Emirates Airline. Jennifer has enjoyed working in a multicultural environment. Her offshore work empowered her to learn about various cultures from over 100 different nationalities. Upon her return home, Jennifer pursued her studies as a Hearing Aid Practitioner. While working in a hearing clinic, she became aware of some people’s challenges getting to their appointment. She realized that those people were not getting the proper hearing aid help they needed, which compromised their hearing. People’s struggles inspired her to establish the first unique 100% mobile hearing clinic in the lower mainland. As the founder of Hear at Home Mobile Hearing Clinic, Jennifer’s mission is to improve her client’s quality of life at any age. She has in-depth experience with hearing testing fitting, recommending hearing aids and working with older populations suffering from cognitive decline and Dementia.

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