3 Steps To Prevent Feedback When Inserting Your Hearing Aids

Inserting a pair of hearing aids can be frustrating. When putting hearing device into the ear canal, there can be whistling, screeching, or feedback, which can even damage the ear. This is why it's extremely important to be careful when inserting hearing aids into your ear canal, and to diligently follow the steps below to ensure you're safe.

 

1. Lower the volume

Many people experience feedback and whistling when inserting a device into their ear canal, simply due to the fact that the device volume is turned up too high. By finding an optimal volume level (that is suitable amplification for your hearing loss but not too loud), you will significantly lower your odds of getting feedback or whistling. Adjusting the volume

2. Find the microphone, and don't put pressure on it

When inserting your new pair of hearing aids, consider how the device works. It comes with a tiny microphone, located on the flat side of the unit, which interprets and processes sound inputs, that are then amplified into your ear canal. And just like a normal microphone, which makes a loud noise if you touch it, your hearing aid will have whistling or feedback if you put pressure on the microphone when inserting the device. The pressure on the microphone 

For this reason, be sure to grab the device from its sides, and when pushing it into your ear canal, use the antenna instead of pressing directly against the flat side of the device. By doing so, you avoid putting pressure on the microphone completely. This should significantly minimize feedback.

Audien Hearing aid diagram

3. Try out different ear tips to find the perfect seal

The main reason feedback occurs is because the sound finds its way out of the ear, and back into the microphone. This is why it's important to have a perfect seal! Getting a perfect seal between the ear tip and the ear canal will prevent excess sound from escaping and funneling back into the microphone.

Take the time to find the right sized ear tip that fully seals with your ear canal -- often times people need to try a bigger ear tip that creates a tighter seal. This will minimize feedback and improve comfort long term. 

Finding an ear tip

If you follow all of these steps, you will likely be able to solve the problem of whistling and feedback when inserting your hearing device. If you still aren't able to solve the problem by following these steps, then you may have a defective unit. To get a replacement, or to try another model, you can contact our support team and they'll be happy to help.

Hope that article helps you to minimize feedback and enjoy your Audien Hearing experience as much as possible. Happy hearing!

 

Susan Wright

Senior Editor, Audien Hearing

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