You go out of your way to be certain your hearing aids are well cared for. 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 are no longer working the way they once did. There are a few things you can do to troubleshoot the issue, luckily. Not doing any more damage is your number one priority so you won’t need to replace them.
Hearing aid troubleshooting
You saved the owner’s manual that came with your beautiful new hearing aids, right? Hopefully, you did so that you can check with your owner’s manual to undertake maintenance and troubleshooting. Following your owner’s manual is essential because every model of hearing aid is different.
On most models there are some other things you can check, here are a few:
- Wax accumulation: Be certain that there’s no wax on your hearing aid by giving it a visual check. Even if you carry out regular cleaning, sometimes wax can accumulate quickly, so it’s worth ticking this off your list.
- Look for visible damage: Does your hearing aid have any apparent loose components or cracks in its shell? If you find cracks, it could suggest that moisture is getting in and there could be more significant damage.
- Keep your microphone clear: Check your hearing aid to find out if anything is blocking the microphone. Your hearing aid may feedback or merely fail to work if the microphone is obstructed.
- 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 may need new batteries or if the old ones are correctly inserted, particularly if your batteries are replaceable.
Once again you can find out how to deal with each of these concerns by referring to your owner’s manual. Self-maintenance is sometimes possible.
When does my hearing aid need repair?
Your hearing aid will probably need to be repaired professionally if you do routine upkeep and it still malfunctions. That might not always sound appealing, after all, you depend on your hearing aid for day-to-day communication (along with dinners with your family, keeping up to date with your favorite Netflix series, and so on).
You won’t necessarily be without your hearing aid for extended periods of time just because it needs to be serviced. In some instances, we can repair your hearing aid in office while you wait.
Or, you’ll be able to bring your hearing aids in for professional assistance and have them back in just a few hours (this, obviously, depends on the degree of the damage, all the more reason to get your devices in for repair as soon as you can).
But fast repair will not be possible in all cases. A backup pair of hearing aids might be required in these situations. So if you’ve got an old pair lying around, ask whether they will serve on a temporary basis. We might even be able to loan you a pair while you are waiting.
Get help with your hearing aids without delay
It’s crucial to have your hearing aid checked and repaired if you begin to notice the audio quality is beginning to falter.
Any amount of downtime should be avoided. Your mental health and your general health can be affected 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 best way to keep your hearing healthy is to keep those hearing aids working. And the ideal way to do that is to keep them clean, keep them charged, and, when needed, take your hearing aids to get some professional repair.