Hearing Aids are Beeping

Q.  Over Christmas my hearing aids would beep at odd times.  What is causing them to beep?

A.  First, if your hearing aids use batteries, check the battery package.  You want 2-3 years remaining before their expiration date.  Do the aids beep after 4-6 days with new batteries?  You might be hearing the battery alert.

  Many of the newer, top brands of hearing aids conduct basic self-diagnostics.  If they detect an issue, they will beep at you.  The hearing aids might have some moisture in them, the microphones could be blocked, or the Bluetooth connectivity could be malfunctioning.

  One at-home moisture remedy is to place the hearing aids in a small, closed container with dry rice overnight for 4-5 days.  Continue to wear the aids during the day.

  For microphone issues, use a soft bristle toothbrush to clean off any build-up on the microphones.  Use a basic back and forth brushing motion.  If the microphones were blocked, the hearing aids will sound much better once the build-up is cleaned off.

  For Bluetooth connectivity issues, visit your hearing center.  They will also be able to check the microphones and provide you with other specific guidance based on the specific beep alerts your hearing aids are making.

  Ready to hear better?  Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin 512-282-4327 for a free assessment, ear check-up and hearing test.  Listen to the new Oticon More hearing aids and find out what better hearing sounds like.  We also provide 4-week, no-obligation trials.

  Saleem Assaf (BA – Rice, MBA – UT) is a native Dallas, Texan and a recipient of KVUE’s 2020 award for 5 Who Care and the Texas Hearing Aid Association’s 2018 Dispenser of the Year award.  Since 2008, he has purchased a multitude of hearing aids for students at the Texas School for the Deaf.