Trouble hearing? Here’s how you can know if your hearing aids need repair.
You take good care of your hearing aids. You’re really careful with your hearing aids. You charge them each night and clean them every day.
But you can’t understand why your hearing aids aren’t working efficiently and it’s very annoying. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to troubleshoot the issue. Just remember: your number one task is to avoid damaging your hearing aid further (otherwise replacing them may be necessary).
Troubleshooting Your Hearing Aid
Every model of hearing aid is different so make use of your owner manual for troubleshooting and maintenance. On most models, these things can be checked:
- Check your battery: Even if you know your hearing aids charged all night, you’ll want to double-check the battery power. If your hearing aid has changeable batteries, it might not be a bad idea to check if those batteries are in correctly or if a new one solves the problem.
- Wax buildup: Inspect for wax accumulation which could be stopping the standard functionality of your hearing aids. Wax accumulates quickly so even if you have a routine cleaning schedule you still need to check for this.
- Check for noticeable damage: Cracks or loose components may develop around the shell of your hearing aids so remember to check for that. Cracks could let moisture in and may be an indicator of further damage.
- Keep your microphone clear:On occasion, the microphone can be blocked. An obstructed microphone can cause feedback or can cause your hearing aids to sound broken or silent.
Again, consult your owner’s manual on how you should tackle each of these problems. In certain cases, you may be capable of performing maintenance on your own. (Your owner’s manual is the best place to start.)
When Does my Hearing Aid Require Servicing?
If your hearing aid continues to malfunction after you have performed basic maintenance and troubleshooting, it’s probable that your hearing aid will require professional repair. Because you depend on your hearing aids for all of your basic conversations and social activities, this probably doesn’t sound very appealing.
However, it’s worth noting that “repair” doesn’t always translate into “mail your hearing aids in” for service and wait a few weeks. In some cases, we can repair it while you wait.
So in those cases, you will be able to get your hearing aid back in the same day (this is the reason why it’s a smart idea to bring your hearing aid in so we can assess the damage).
Not all scenarios can be fixed in house though. A backup pair might be required in those cases. An old pair might be able to do an adequate job as a backup so bring them in with you if you have a pair. There might even be a loaner pair at our office that you can use until you get yours back.
Don’t Put Off Getting Help For Your Hearing Aids
It’s crucial to have your hearing aids repaired as soon as you notice any falter or fading of the audio quality.
That’s because you really want to eliminate any downtime. Untreated hearing loss can influence your total health, and that includes your mental health. An even more significant concern is that your hearing will diminish as your hearing aids sit forgotten in a drawer.
Your best chance of getting the maximum help from your hearing aids is to keep them functioning at their highest quality. Keeping them charged and clean and if necessary, bringing them in for maintenance is the easiest way to do that.