You take good care of your hearing aids. When you go to sleep, you always put them snuggly on the charger and you clean them every day.
Suddenly and discouragingly, your hearing aids aren’t working the way they once did. Fortunately, there are some measures you can take to troubleshoot the issue. Just don’t forget: your main job is to avoid damaging your hearing aid further (or you might need to replace them).
Hearing aid troubleshooting
Naturally, when you first got your sweet new hearing aids, you made a point of storing the owner’s manual in a safe spot. You’ll want to take it out so you can utilize it for troubleshooting and, possibly, maintenance. Every model of hearing aid can be somewhat different so it’s important to follow the manual’s guidelines.
Here are some things you can check on most models:
- Check for noticeable damage: Does your hearing aid have any obvious loose components or cracks in its shell? If you discover cracks, it could indicate that moisture is getting in and there might be more extensive damage.
- Check your battery: Even if you know your hearing aids spent the night on the charger, you’ll want to double-check the battery power. It might be a good plan to check if you might need new batteries or if the old ones are correctly inserted, especially if your batteries are replaceable.
- Wax buildup: Perform a visual inspection of your hearing aid to make sure that there’s no wax buildup interfering with basic operation. Wax can build up quickly even if you clean your hearing aids frequently so make it a point to double check.
- Keep your microphone clear: Check for anything obstructing the microphone of your hearing aid. A blocked microphone can cause feedback or can cause your hearing aids to sound broken or silent.
Again, check with your owner’s manual on how you might approach each of these issues. Self-maintenance is sometimes possible.
How can I tell when my hearing aid needs repair?
Your hearing aid will probably have to be repaired professionally if you do routine maintenance and it still malfunctions. That might not always sound appealing, after all, you rely on your hearing aid for daily communication (along with dinners with your family, staying up to date with your favorite Netflix series, and so on).
It’s definitely worth noting that “repair” doesn’t always translate into “send your hearing aids in for service and wait a few weeks”. In some cases, we can fix your hearing aid in office while you wait.
Or, you’ll be able to bring your hearing aids in for professional help and have them back in just a few hours (this, of course, depends on the extent of the damage, all the more reason to bring your devices in for repair as soon as possible).
There are still some cases where such quick repair isn’t possible. And in those cases, you may find yourself needing a backup pair of hearing aids. Perhaps you have an old pair that will do temporarily in a pinch. We may even be able to loan you a pair while you are waiting.
Get help with your hearing aids right away
It’s essential to have your hearing aid assessed and repaired if you start to notice the sound quality is beginning to falter.
Any degree of downtime should be prevented. Your mental health and your general health can be impacted by neglected hearing loss. And it becomes all too easy to leave your hearing aids sitting in a drawer somewhere while your hearing continues to deteriorate.
The optimum way to keep your hearing healthy is to keep those hearing aids working. And the best way to do that is to clean them, keep them charged, and, when needed, take your hearing aids to get some professional repair.