Difficulty hearing? Here’s how to know if your hearing aids require maintenance.
You take care of your hearing aids. You baby them. You charge them each night and clean them every day.
But you can’t understand why your hearing aids aren’t functioning efficiently and it’s really annoying. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to troubleshoot the problem. Just remember: your number one task is to avoid damaging your hearing aid further (otherwise replacing them might be required).
Your Hearing Aid Might Need Troubleshooting
Every model of hearing aid is different so use your owner manual for troubleshooting and maintenance. Here are a few things you can check on most models:
- Check your battery: Always double check your battery level even if you’re certain your hearing aid charged all night. If your hearing aid has replaceable batteries, it might be a good idea to check if those batteries are inserted correctly or if a new one solves the problem.
- Keep your microphone clear:Sometimes, the microphone can be blocked. An obstructed microphone can cause feedback or can cause your hearing aids to sound silent or broken.
- Wax accumulation: Do a visual check of your hearing aid to ensure that there is no wax buildup preventing standard functionality. Wax accumulates quickly so even if you have a regular cleaning schedule you still need to check for this.
- Check for noticeable damage: Check if there are any visible loose components or cracks around the shell of your hearing aid. Cracks could allow moisture in and might be a sign of further damage.
Each of these issues will have its own strategy so check your owner’s manual. In certain cases, you might be capable of performing maintenance yourself. (But, again, consult the instructions.)
When Does my Hearing Aid Require Repair?
Your hearing aid will most likely require professional servicing if you continue to have problems with it after performing these basic maintenance tasks. That may not always sound appealing, after all, you rely on your hearing aid for daily communication (along with dinners with your family, staying current with your favorite Netflix shows, and so on).
However, it’s worth noting that “repair” doesn’t always translate into “send your hearing aid out” for service and wait a few weeks. There are some scenarios where it can be fixed in shop while you wait.
So in those cases, you will be able to get your hearing aid back in the same day (this is why it’s a good idea to bring your hearing aid in so we can determine the damage).
There are still some circumstances where same day repair isn’t feasible. And on those occasions, you might find yourself in need of a backup pair of hearing aids. An old pair may be able to do an adequate job as a backup so bring them in with you if you have a pair. We might even have some we can loan you while you are waiting.
Get Assistance With Your Hearing Aids Sooner Rather Than Later
It’s necessary to get your hearing aids repaired as soon as you notice any falter or fading of the sound quality.
If you do this you will be more likely to eliminate any downtime. Your overall health and your mental health are affected by neglected hearing loss. Moreover, once your hearing aids are ignored in a box somewhere, it’s all too easy to pretend they don’t exist, all the while, your hearing progressively worsens.
Your best chance of getting the maximum help from your hearing aids is to keep them working at their highest quality. And the easiest way to do that is to keep them clean, charge them, and, when necessary, take your hearing aids to get some professional help.