Why Do My Hearing Aids Whistle?

  1. Hearing Aids Whistle

No matter what kind of device you are using to manage your hearing loss, you may have times when you may hear whistling noises now and then. In some cases, it’s a natural occurrence that just happens sometimes because of the way air can affect hearing aids or a device that’s not inserted correctly. Other times, however, whistling may mean you need to bring your device to a hearing care specialist for adjustments or repairs. Let’s take a closer look at why your hearing aids may be whistling.

Certain Actions or Movements

Whistling is a type of feedback. It’s caused by sounds that are picked up by your device’s microphone after they have left your ear. This type of re-amplification is what causes you to hear whistling and other types of feedback. This sometimes happens because of certain actions or movements, such as placing your hand up to your ear, inserting or removing your hearing aids, or being too close to a solid object, like the back of a chair.

Incomplete Feedback Cancellation

Most devices used to reduce hearing loss today are digital. They normally have some type of feedback cancellation technology included. However, there are times when not all instances of feedback are sufficiently blocked. If this happens, you may hear whistling. There is nothing that can be done to stop all instances of feedback not being fully blocked.

Hearing Aids Not Inserted Correctly

Simply inserting a hearing aid incorrectly could result in a startling whistling sound. If you regularly hear whistling when putting in your hearing aids, our hearing care specialist can show you how to correctly insert your device to minimize this problem.

When to Seek Help from a Dallas Fort Worth Hearing Specialist

It’s perfectly normal to hear whistling occasionally. If this is what you are dealing with, be sure your hearing aids are fully and correctly inserted. But if you are noticing regular whistling when you eat, speak, or turn your head to one side or the other, it’s time to see what a hearing specialist has to say. A hearing specialist can also determine if whistling and other types of feedback may be related to:

  • Excessive earwax buildup
  • Problems with volume settings
  • A damaged or dislodged microphone
  • A hearing aid that doesn’t fit well
  • Tubing that’s broken or cracked

Call Us Today

The hearing care experts at Beltone Dallas Fort Worth are here to help if you are experiencing any issues with your hearing aids. If you’re just not sure if whistling is normal or not, we’ll gladly evaluate your device and let you know what’s going on and what can be done about it. Call us today to learn more, or to schedule an appointment.