If you have hearing aids but you’re still having problems hearing, your hearing aids might need professional repair.
You take care of your hearing aids. You’re really careful with your hearing aids. Cleaning them every day, you make sure they are snug on their charger when you go to bed.
But you can’t understand why your hearing aids aren’t working effectively and it’s very annoying. The good news is, troubleshooting the problem is fairly straight forward. Just remember: your number one task is to avoid damaging your hearing aid further (or else replacing them might be necessary).
Your Hearing Aid Might Need Troubleshooting
Every model of hearing aid is different so use your owner manual for troubleshooting and maintenance. Here are some things you can check on most models:
- Check for noticeable damage: Cracks or loose components could appear around the shell of your hearing aids so don’t forget to inspect for that. Cracks could let moisture in and may be a sign of additional damage.
- Keep your microphone clear:On occasion, the microphone can be blocked. Your hearing aid will sound silent or broken or have feedback if the microphone is obstructed.
- Wax accumulation: Perform a visual examination of your hearing aid to make sure that there is no wax accumulation interfering with standard operation. Wax builds up quickly so even if you have a routine cleaning schedule you still need to pay attention to this.
- Examine your battery: Even if you know your hearing aids spent the night on the charger, you’ll want to double-check the battery power. If your hearing aid has replaceable batteries, it might not be a bad idea to check if those batteries are inserted properly or if a new one fixes the issue.
Each of these issues will have a unique solution so consult your owner’s manual. Self maintenance will be possible in certain cases. (Your owner’s manual is the best place to begin.)
Does my Hearing Aid require servicing – How Can I Tell?
If your hearing aid continues to malfunction after you have carried out basic maintenance and troubleshooting, it’s probable that your hearing aid will require professional repair. That may not always seem appealing, after all, you depend on your hearing aid for everyday communication (along with dinners with your family, staying current with your favorite Netflix series, and so on).
But it’s beneficial to recognize that repair doesn’t always imply sending your hearing aid away. Sometimes, we can fix it while you wait.
So in those situations, you will be able to get your hearing aid back in the same day (this, of course, depends on the extent of the damage, that’s all the more reason to bring it in for repair as soon as possible).
Not all cases can be addressed in house though. And in those cases, you could find yourself needing a backup pair of hearing aids. An old pair may be able to do a decent job as a backup so if you have an old pair, bring them in with you. There might even be a loaner set at our office that we can loan you until yours come back.
Get Help With Your Hearing Aids As Soon as Possible
If your hearing aids are starting to fade, the audio quality is starting to fail, it’s essential to have it repaired.
That’s because you want to eliminate any downtime. Untreated hearing loss can influence your overall health, including your mental health. An even more serious worry is that your hearing will diminish as your hearing aids sit ignored in a drawer.
The best way to keep your hearing healthy is to keep those hearing aids working. Keeping them clean and charged and if necessary, taking them in for maintenance is the best way to do that.