Difficulty hearing? Here’s how to know if your hearing aids require repair.
You take care of your hearing aids. You baby them. You charge them each night and clean them every day.
But you can’t figure out why your hearing aids aren’t working efficiently and it’s very annoying. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to troubleshoot the problem. Keep in mind: your number one task is to avoid damaging your hearing aid further (otherwise replacing them may be necessary).
Troubleshooting Your Hearing Aid
Every design of hearing aid is different so make use of your owner manual for troubleshooting and maintenance. On most models, these things can be checked:
- Examine your battery: Always double check your battery power even if you are sure your hearing aid sat on the charger all night. Even rechargeable batteries need to be replaced eventually and sometimes you might not have them inserted fully.
- Keep your microphone clear: Check for anything obstructing the microphone of your hearing aid. Your hearing aid might sound broken or silent or have feedback if the microphone is blocked.
- Wax buildup: Inspect for wax accumulation which could be stopping the normal functionality of your hearing aids. Wax builds up quickly so even if you have a routine cleaning schedule you still need to pay attention to this.
- Check for noticeable damage: Cracks or loose components may occur around the shell of your hearing aids so don’t forget to check for that. Cracks could let moisture in and might be a sign of further damage.
Again, check your owner’s manual on how you might tackle each of these issues. Self maintenance will be possible in certain cases. (But, again, read the instructions.)
When Does my Hearing Aid Require Repair?
If your hearing aid continues to malfunction after you have performed basic maintenance and troubleshooting, it’s probable that your hearing aid will need to be professionally repaired. Because you depend on your hearing aids for all of your basic conversations and social activities, this most likely doesn’t sound very attractive.
But it’s essential to recognize that repair doesn’t always imply sending your hearing aid away. Sometimes, we can fix it while you wait.
Meaning, in some instances, you’ll be able to bring your hearing aids in for professional maintenance and get them back in a matter of minutes or hours (this is the reason why it’s a good idea to bring your hearing aid in so we can ascertain the damage).
There are still some cases where same day repair is not feasible. And in those cases, you might find yourself needing a backup pair of hearing aids. An old pair might be able to do a decent job as a backup so bring them in with you if you have a pair. There may even be a loaner pair at our office that we can loan you until you get yours back.
Get Help With Your Hearing Aids As Soon as Possible
If the hearing aids are starting to fade, the sound quality is starting to fail, it’s crucial to have it repaired.
That’s because you want to avoid any downtime. Your general health and your mental health are impacted by untreated hearing loss. An even more serious concern is that your hearing will get worse as your hearing aids sit ignored in a drawer.
Your best chance of getting the maximum help from your hearing aids is to keep them working at their highest quality. And the best way to do that is to keep them clean, charge them, and, when necessary, take your hearing aids to get some professional assistance.