This is normal and is called feedback. However, if the hearing aid is doing this after inserted into the ear, something is wrong. This could be several issues. The first thing i would check for is earwax buildup. This is the most common cause and easiest solution. The sounds from the hearing aid are bouncing off the wax and thus "leaking" out around the hearing aid causing a whistling or squealing sound.
The next possibility is poor fit of the hearing aid. Is the hearing aid inserted properly? Is it staying in the ear canal as it should or is it working out of the ear throughout the day? Any of these can cause annoying feedback.
There are other reasons such as circuit noise or poor programming of the device. These are correctable in most cases but needs professional attention.
One more note...
if a hearing aid is whistling on its own or close to whistling on its own...the hearing aid cant operate to its full potential. When a hearing aid, even advanced digital ones, whistles, it has to "concentrate" on getting rid of the whistling that it manytimes cant reach the full prescription of sound for the patient. So, bottom line, whistling isn't just annoying, it can affect the hearing aid performance.
Tinnitus, ringing in the ears, crickets, locusts, music, buzzing, humming the list goes on and on...
If you suffer from any of these and regardless of what noises you may be hearing, it can be difficult to deal with. Tinnitus is suffered by millions and there are plenty of promises to eliminate the problem. The problem for the consumer is...what works and what is a waste of money? A good rule of thumb has always been and still proves true....IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLY IS. Thats not to say that there isn't help with this problem. There are devices that can make a dramatic difference in your life! Prescriptively fit for you, relief can often be found. If you're interested in what options may be available to you, we encourage an appointment and about 30 minutes of your time.
Having a hearing loss today is not as uncommon as one may believe. However it seems as if seeking treatment is less likely to occur with those who do have a hearing loss. The following statistics from the Better Hearing Institute well illustrate this gap between those with hearing losses and those who seek care. While we at Hearing HealthCare Center of Muscatine have been able to care for numberous individuals it is surprising to be reminded that there are so many that are not receiving the care that they should have.
*1 in 4 workers exposed to high levels of noise will develop a hearing loss
*only 13% of general practicioners screen for hearing loss
*3 in every 10 people over age 60 have a hearing loss
*1 in every 6 baby boomers ages 41-59 have a hearing loss
*1 in every 14 Generation Xers ages 29-40 already have a hearing loss
*14 million children under 18 have hearing problems
*only 1 out of 5 people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wear one
*9 out of 10 hearing aid users report improvements in their quality of life
Clearly these statistics are startling. This truly indicates that a lot of people are choosing to go without solutions to their hearing loss. Most often this can be due to confusion about hearing aids or benefits available. At Hearing HealthCare Center of Muscatine we believe you should get the hearing care you deserve. Call us today for a personalized exam and treatment options for you or a loved one.