Difficulty hearing? Here’s how you can know if your hearing aids require maintenance.
You take care of your hearing aids. You baby them. You charge them every night and clean them every day.
But you can’t understand why your hearing aids aren’t functioning effectively and it’s very frustrating. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to resolve the problem. Just remember: your number one job is to avoid damaging your hearing aid further (or you may need to replace them).
Your Hearing Aid Might Need Troubleshooting
Always consult with your owner’s manual when doing maintenance and troubleshooting as every model of hearing aid can be somewhat different. Here are a few things you can check on most models:
- Keep your microphone clear: Look for anything obstructing the microphone of your hearing aid. An obstructed microphone can create feedback or can make your hearing aid sound broken or silent.
- Examine your battery: Even if you know your hearing aids charged all night, you’ll want to double-check the battery level. If your hearing aid has replaceable batteries, it might be a good idea to check if those batteries are in properly or if a new one solves the problem.
- Check for visible damage: Loose components or cracks could develop around the shell of your hearing aids so remember to inspect for that. Cracks could let moisture in and might be a sign of further damage.
- Wax accumulation: Inspect for wax accumulation which could be stopping the normal functionality of your hearing aids. Even if you undertake regular cleaning, occasionally wax can accumulate rapidly, so it’s worth checking this off your list.
Again, consult your owner’s manual on how you should address each of these problems. In certain cases, you may be able to perform maintenance on your own. (Your owner’s manual is the best place to start.)
Does my Hearing Aid Need Repair – How Can I Tell?
Your hearing aid will probably need professional repair if you continue to have problems with it after carrying out these basic maintenance tasks. Because you rely on your hearing aids for all of your everyday conversations and social activities, this most likely doesn’t sound very appealing.
But it’s essential to understand that repair doesn’t always mean sending your hearing aid out for repair. In some cases, we can fix it while you wait.
Meaning, in some cases, you’ll be capable of bringing your hearing aids in for professional maintenance and have them back within a few minutes or hours (this, of course, depends on the magnitude of the damage, that’s all the more reason to bring it in for repair as soon as you can).
There are still some cases where same day repair is not possible. And on those occasions, you could find yourself in need of a backup pair of hearing aids. An old pair might be able to do a decent job as a backup so if you have an old pair, bring them in with you. There may even be a loaner pair at our office that you can use until yours come back.
Get Help With Your Hearing Aids Sooner Rather Than Later
It’s crucial to have your hearing aids repaired as soon as you notice any falter or fading of the audio quality.
If you do this you will be more likely to eliminate any downtime. Your overall health and your mental health are impacted by untreated hearing loss. More to the point, once your hearing aids are left in a box somewhere, it’s way too easy to pretend they don’t exist, even as, your hearing progressively worsens.
The best way to get the maximum help from your hearing aids is to keep them functioning at their highest quality. And the best way to do that is to keep them clean, keep them charged, and, when necessary, take your hearing aids to get some professional assistance.