If you use 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 extremely careful with your hearing aids. Cleaning them daily, you make sure they are snug on their charger when you go to bed.
That’s why it’s so annoying that, abruptly and distressingly, your hearing aids are no longer working the way they should. Luckily, troubleshooting the issue is pretty easy. Just remember: preventing damage is your number one task (otherwise replacing them may be necessary).
Troubleshooting Your Hearing Aid
Make sure you consult with your owner’s manual when doing maintenance and troubleshooting as every model of hearing aid can be a bit different. Here are a few things you can check on most models:
- Look for noticeable damage: Check to see if there are any noticeable cracks or loose components around the shell of your hearing aid. Cracks, clearly, could indicate more significant damage (or allow).
- Examine your battery: Always check your battery level even if you’re sure your hearing aid charged all night. If your hearing aid has changeable batteries, it may not be a bad idea to check if those batteries are in correctly or if a new one fixes the issue.
- Wax accumulation: Inspect for wax buildup which could be impeding the normal operation of your hearing aids. Wax accumulates rapidly so even if you have a regular cleaning schedule you still need to pay attention to this.
- Keep your microphone clear: Check 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.
Again, consult your owner’s manual on how you might tackle each of these issues. Self maintenance will be possible in certain cases. (But, once again, consult the instructions.)
Does my Hearing Aid require Repair – How Can I Tell?
Your hearing aid will probably require professional repair if you keep having problems with it after performing these basic maintenance tasks. Because you depend on your hearing aids for all of your basic conversations and social activities, this probably doesn’t sound very attractive.
But it’s beneficial to understand that repair doesn’t always imply sending your hearing aid away. There are some circumstances where it can be fixed in shop while you wait.
So in those situations, you will be able to get your hearing aid back before the day’s end (this, of course, depends on the extent of the damage, which is all the more reason to bring your devices in for repair as soon as possible).
Not all scenarios can be addressed in house though. A backup pair may be necessary in those cases. 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 Right Away
If your hearing aids are beginning to fade, the sound quality is beginning to falter, it’s crucial to get it repaired.
That’s because you really want to avoid any downtime. Your general health and your mental health are impacted by untreated hearing loss. An even more significant concern is that your hearing will diminish 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. Keeping them clean and charged and if necessary, taking them in for maintenance is the easiest way to do that.