Trouble hearing? Here’s how you can know if your hearing aids need repair.
You take care of your hearing aids. You’re very cautious 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 functioning effectively and it’s very annoying. The good news is, troubleshooting the problem is pretty easy. Keep in mind: avoiding damage is your number one task (or you might need to replace them).
Troubleshooting Your Hearing Aid
Every model of hearing aid is different so use your owner manual for troubleshooting and maintenance. On most models, these things can be checked:
- Check for visible damage: Loose components or cracks could develop around the shell of your hearing aids so remember to inspect for that. Cracks, obviously, could indicate more extensive damage (or allow).
- Keep your microphone clear:Sometimes, the microphone can be obstructed. An obstructed microphone can cause feedback or can cause your hearing aids to sound silent or broken.
- Examine your battery: Even if you’re sure your hearing aids charged all night, you’ll want to double-check the battery level. Even rechargeable batteries have to be replaced sooner or later and sometimes you might not have them fully inserted.
- Wax buildup: Do a visual inspection of your hearing aid to ensure that there is no wax accumulation interfering with ordinary operation. Even if you do routine cleaning, occasionally wax can build up rapidly, so it’s worth checking this off your list.
Each of these problems will have its own solution so consult your owner’s manual. Self maintenance will be possible in some cases. (But, once again, read the instructions.)
Does my Hearing Aid require servicing – How Can I Tell?
If your hearing aid keeps malfunctioning after you have carried out basic maintenance and troubleshooting, it’s probable that your hearing aid will need to be professionally repaired. That may not always sound appealing, after all, you depend on your hearing aid for daily communication (not to mention dinners with your family, staying current with your favorite Netflix shows, and so on).
But it’s important to recognize that repair doesn’t always imply sending your hearing aid out for repair. Sometimes, we can fix it while you wait.
That means, in some instances, you’ll be capable of bringing your hearing aids in for professional maintenance and have them back in a matter of minutes or hours (this, of course, depends on the extent of the damage, that’s all the more reason to bring your devices in for repair as soon as you can).
There are still some circumstances where such rapid repair isn’t possible. A backup pair could be necessary in those situations. So if you have an old pair collecting dust, ask us whether they will serve on a temporary basis. We may even have some we can loan you while you are waiting.
Don’t Put Off Getting Help With Your Hearing Aids
If the hearing aids are starting to fade, the sound quality is starting to falter, it’s crucial to have it repaired.
That’s because you want to avoid any downtime. Neglected hearing loss can influence your general health, including your mental health. More to the point, once your hearing aids are forgotten in a box somewhere, it’s all too easy to pretend they don’t exist, all the while, your hearing grows worse and worse.
The best way to get the maximum help from your hearing aids is to keep them functioning at their highest quality. And the easiest way to do that is to keep them clean, keep them charged, and, when necessary, take your hearing aids to get some professional assistance.