When held in my hand, hearing aid does not whistle. When in my ear tone when changing programs is low. Cannot get tone to level of tone in my other hearing aid. Also, the hearing aid I am having trouble with does not seem to be amplifying sounds for me. Nearest clinic is 35 miles away.
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If you have over driven the amp by playing it real loud with the bass control turned up, it is very possible that you have toasted the output stages of amp.
Every time you boost a tone control by 3 db you have doubled the output power at that frequency. So if you are "coasting" along at a nominal 75 watts, the moment you boost the bass by 3 db the amp has to put out 150 watts at that low frequency.. Go to +6db and now the poor amp has to kick out 300 watts! And so on.
Rule of thumb - you never use your tone controls at very loud levels. Tone controls are there to compensate for the poor frequency response of the human ear at low volume levels - the Fletcher Munsen effect. At low volumes our hearing with the lows and high frequencies so when you play something at low volume you boost up the bass and treble to compensate for poor hearing. At loud volumes our ears respond properly.
Hearing aids range in cost depending on where you live. In Tennessee they range from $2000-$7000 a pair (people usually one in each ear). The cost usually includes testing, devices, programming by audiologist, warranty for repairs and loss as well as follow up visits to ensure you are satisfied. Entry level hearing aids help you hear in basic situations, mid level price makes hearing aids more "automatic" with noise reduction for difficult situations, premium hearing aids have Bluetooth, ear to ear wireless, and do a better job of categorizing sound( deciding whether the sound is music, speech, noise, car noise, wind etc). A good audiologist will be able to help you choose based on your budget and can easily explain the different styles and features. This is part of the cost, you are paying for their expertise. Most audiologists have a preferred brand, one that they are most comfortable with. I have fit all of the brands and have come to see that each brand has pros and cons. New Hearing aids are no longer simple amplifiers, but they can never replace how the ear and brain processes sound. There is the old adage that you get what you pay for, but always get the return policy in writing. Most professionals give you a trial period outside of the office to see how they work in the real world. Some states have laws that say you can get a full refund within 30 days.
The Bolero model requires clear passage of sound through the tube that connects it to the dome/tip that fits into your ear. To determine if the tube is blocked, with a good battery inserted and the battery door closed, unscrew the top of the tube where it connects to the hearing aid. If you cup the hearing aid in your hand, it should whistle/feedback. If not, there is something wrong with the hearing aid. If it does whistle, your audiologist should have provided you with a thin, flexible plastic piece (often green) and instructed you how to unscrew the tube at the top of the hearing aid to run the plastic piece through the tube, all the way out the other end of the dome/tip. If that piece can travel the entire tube easily, then sound should be able to. In any case, a Phonak hearing aid has at least a one year manufacturer warranty (a Q90 likely has a three year) and they will pay for shipping both ways to fix it. You need to send it via an audiologist, though.
Is the (acoustic) tube obstructed or partially blocked ? If the problem is inside the hard plastic flesh-coloured opaque part, you will need to take it a technician, return it to the manufacturer, or replace it. There are no user-serviceable parts inside.
The hearing aids of today are digital and non digital programable. Older standard aids have a squeling problem as well and could sound like a beep. When the aids beep, its for a reason.
First an accoust beep, old or newer instruments could be because the ear piece or mold is not fitting property or your ear has accumulated earwax blocking the sound from entering the canal to the ear drum. Contact your provider to evaluate this.
On the other hand aids do beep to tell you 1) it is time to change the battery and 2) you are changeing from one program to another. Most programables are programed to beep when it first comes on also. Then it quits if all is well and you are hearing as planned. A review of you operating instructions will help to determine which problem you are having.
Because every person has a different extent of hearing loss with a different type, this is difficult to answer. Some believe that there are benefits to wearing two aids. Obviously they provide for a more balanced hearing by better directing sound from different areas. Some believe that two aids provide more clarity and allow the user to hear better in noisy locations. A licensed professional or audiologist will best be able to recommend whether one or two aids will work best for you.
Behind-the-Ear (BTE) - Sits behind your ear and is connected to an ear mold placed inside your ear via tubing. BTE devices are fastened on the ear with an ear hook and the ear molds are custom made to fit the user's ear. In the Ear (ITE) - These are placed in the ear of the wearer. In the Canal (ITC) and Completely in the Canal (CIC) - With ITCs and CICs, the whole hearing aid is placed inside the canal. ITCs are often larger than CIC devices. CICs are extremely tiny in size and are almost invisible. Body-worn hearing aids - These aids use an external box worn by the user. The user wears an ear piece which is attached to the box by a wire. There are also disposable hearing aids available which have a built-in battery and, after the allotted hour or time usage, the user simply replaces the entire aid.