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    Unhappy Hearing aids stopped working?

    Hi, I am new to hearing aids. I suffer from acquired stenosis of the external auditory ear canals. Operations were unsuccessful and the ears closed up again! I was given hearing aids by the nhs. However, I only wear them occasionally and have had them for about 2 years. It is isn't the battery as I have replaced them etc. Can anyone help? I have tried calling audiology at my hospital but they can only offer a Feb appt - useless eh. I start a new job so really need themm sorted asap! Any advice much appreciated.

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    You may have clogged tubes that need to be cleaned; if they are open fit with thin tubes you should have been given a piece of fishing line (at least that's what it looks like) to clean wax out of the tubes. If they have earmolds or a receiver in the canal your wax/moisture guards may need to be replaced. You should of also been given replacements when you got the HA's. Good luck!
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    Many thanks Seb. No, I wasn't given anything extra with the aids. I need to look into buying private aids but I'll send another thread when I have sorted these. Thanks again.

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    You don't get anything extra from the nhs to help clean them etc. You needed to do some research yourself and buy them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol View Post
    Hi, I am new to hearing aids. I suffer from acquired stenosis of the external auditory ear canals. Operations were unsuccessful and the ears closed up again! I was given hearing aids by the nhs. However, I only wear them occasionally and have had them for about 2 years. It is isn't the battery as I have replaced them etc. Can anyone help? I have tried calling audiology at my hospital but they can only offer a Feb appt - useless eh. I start a new job so really need themm sorted asap! Any advice much appreciated.
    If you have stenotic ear canals, are you sure the problem isn't your ear canals are blocked with wax? Go see an ear nurse specialist. You'll find them at your local ear health clinic somewhere nearby.

    Read your user manual and follow all the steps in the troubleshooting guide. If you don't have the manual, look on the manufacturer's website. If you're still unable to solve the problem they might need repairing.

    If they're receiver in the canal (RIC)/receiver in the ear (RITE)/ or canal receiver technology (CRT; all the same thing) aids the receivers may need replacing. If you were fitted using disposable domes this is a relatively quick job and would be a walk in job for many private clinics.

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    Thanks Seb. The audiologist replaced the tubes - said they had hardened?

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    Thanks for your reply. I wish my ears had wax in them. I was told by my consultant that it is scar tissue. The skin of the ear canal has been damaged and replaced with scar tissue and covered the eardrum (in both ears) so it doesn't vibrate - sound isn't going through the canal as it should. Just my luck! As well as not being able to hear properly, I tend to talk very quietly (everyone else thinks they are going deaf!) as I have a blocked sensation and I can't tell how loud I am talking. I'm not sure why there isn't a successful surgical procedure to remove it permanently to prevent the scar tissue growing back.....

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    Unhappy ear canal stenosis

    Quote Originally Posted by xresolutionx View Post
    If you have stenotic ear canals, are you sure the problem isn't your ear canals are blocked with wax? Go see an ear nurse specialist. You'll find them at your local ear health clinic somewhere nearby.

    Read your user manual and follow all the steps in the troubleshooting guide. If you don't have the manual, look on the manufacturer's website. If you're still unable to solve the problem they might need repairing.

    If they're receiver in the canal (RIC)/receiver in the ear (RITE)/ or canal receiver technology (CRT; all the same thing) aids the receivers may need replacing. If you were fitted using disposable domes this is a relatively quick job and would be a walk in job for many private clinics.
    Thanks for your reply. I wish my ears had wax in them. I was told by my consultant that it is scar tissue. The skin of the ear canal has been damaged and replaced with scar tissue and covered the eardrum (in both ears) so it doesn't vibrate - sound isn't going through the canal as it should. Just my luck! As well as not being able to hear properly, I tend to talk very quietly (everyone else thinks they are going deaf!) as I have a blocked sensation and I can't tell how loud I am talking. I'm not sure why there isn't a successful surgical procedure to remove it permanently to prevent the scar tissue growing back...

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