Signs You are Wearing an Ill-fitting Hearing Aid

an audiologist using a specialized ear doctors tool to examine a patients ear

If you suspect that you are wearing an ill-fitting hearing aid, then you are certainly not alone. So many people go through various stages of troubleshooting whenever they get a new hearing aid, so it’s important that you consider getting it adjusted on a regular basis until it is perfect. Not sure if yours has a problem or not? Take a look below.

You See Damage

If you have dropped your hearing aid onto a very hard surface or if you have stepped on it, then this can cause a substantial amount of damage. If your hearing aid has stopped fitting as well, then you need to try and take it out, looking for cracks, broken or bent wires and anything else of the sort. Your audiologist will be able to work with you to make sure that you get it repaired as soon as possible so that you can get it back to fitting as it once did.

You Hear Muffled Noises

If you hear a lot of feedback, then this is a sign that your hearing aid is not fitted as well as it could be. You may find that they fit well when you got them originally, but you have to remember that with time, your ears can change shape. If you have lost weight, gained weight, been ill recently or if you have had your hearing aid for longer than five years, then this is a sign that your hearing aids no longer conform to the walls inside your ear.

If you have persistent crackling, buzzing or even feedback, then this is a sign that you have an issue with the microphone.

You Have to Troubleshoot

The longer you have your hearing aid, you may find that the easier it becomes to deal with little issues. You may find that you end up changing batteries, turning the unit off and on again or even cycling through a bunch of cleaning solutions. Either way, if this is the case, then you need to visit your audiologist because if you are constantly having to make adjustments, then this is a sign that your hearing aids are not fitting as well as they could be and this is the last thing that you need. Any repairs should be left to the audiologists too.

Fluctuating Volume

The great thing about hearing aids is that you can adjust the volume to the right level. If you find that you cannot make these adjustments, then you may have an internal issue that needs adjusting. If your hearing aid is ill-fitted and causing issues like this, then you need to get this solved as soon as possible. This will help you to get the best result overall.


Worn out or even broken components within your hearing aid could well hinder both the fit and the performance. Some defects could include a crack in the shell, some worn-out tubing or even a chipped case. You have to try and fix issues like this early on if possible as this is the best way for you to stop issues like this. Small repairs can usually be done at your audiologists’ office, so keep that in mind.

If you received your hearing aid with a defect then, again, this can usually be sorted so don’t be afraid to get it checked out so that you can restore your hearing without delay. Remember that getting your hearing aid fitted takes time and that if you get it adjusted regularly, you shouldn’t have any problems getting a good result.

Whistling Sound

If you hear a continuous whistling sound, then this can indicate that there is an issue with your hearing device. You may find that you have an improperly fitted earpiece or even that you have heavy wax present within your ears. If you hear a constant whistling sound, then you need to try and remove the device before cleaning your ears. When you have done this, you need to fit it again. If this doesn’t work, then be sure to remove the device and visit your audiologist. They can then work with you to try and give you the help and support you need.

If you need some help with your hearing or if you need some support from a qualified audiologist, then contact Professional Hearing Solutions at (386) 478-7345. When you do, you can then count on our team to guide you through any issues or problems you may be having.