When technology stops working correctly, that’s when we usually notice it most. That’s particularly true with hearing aids: To most people who use them, hearing aids are more than a piece of technology; they’re a crucial lifeline to the rest of the world.
It’s both emotionally and physiologically vital to come up with solutions for broken hearing aids as quickly as possible. Whether you’ve been wearing your hearing aids for a week, a year, or decades, troubleshooting can be a high-stakes, troublesome process. But there are some relatively easy measures you can try to get your hearing aid working correctly again.
Avoiding Problems Before They Occurs
Hearing aids are no exception to the rule, like any other piece of technology, they need regular upkeep. Even though the casing may look simple and robust, the electronics inside can be extremely sophisticated.
So this means maintenance is essential. While you’re wearing your hearing aids, there are a few things you can do that will make taking care of them simpler.
Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean
Every day, a certain amount of wax is normally and naturally produced by your ears. And, the ear wax is, to a certain degree helpful for your ears. But your hearing aids don’t do as well with it. To help improve the life of your device keep your hearing aids free and clear of wax. In fact, a built-in wax filter comes with most hearing aids that should also be cleaned periodically.
Don’t Let Your Hearing Aids Get Wet
Moisture and electronics don’t mix well. The performance of your hearing aids can be compromised, despite the best protection technology available, if it is continuously exposed to moisture.
This means that you should not use your hearing aids in the shower or while in the pool. Additionally, if your hearing aids do become wet, towel-dry them; heat from a hairdryer, for example, can harm your hearing aids.
Make an Appointment With Professional Cleaners
Hearing aids are sensitive (and often expensive) technology, and as such, they require specialized cleaning practices. Even if you’re pretty rigorous about your own cleaning routines, there are just some things that can be better accomplished by a specialized cleaner.
That’s why it’s suggested that you take your hearing aids in to be cleaned every 4-6 months.
Troubleshooting Difficulties That Are Already Occurring
Protective steps are crucial if your hearing aids are currently functioning correctly. You’re probably more interested in quick fixes if your experiencing issues with your hearing aids not working anymore.
If your hearing aids aren’t functioning correctly, try one of the following steps:
- Inspect your hearing aids for visible signs of damage, like blemishes or cracks. Such damage could mean the hearing aid needs repairs.
- Reboot the device (turn it off and turn it back on). This will fix the problem in some cases.
- Examine your own ears. Sound from your hearing aid might be blocked by earwax buildup.
- Inspect your hearing aid for wax or debris accumulate. If you find any wax buildup or debris, clean them away.
- Adjust the volume. There will either be a volume wheel on the hearing aid or a remote you can use for this. Try to do both if you have both features with your hearing aid.
- Inspect the battery compartment. Look for corrosion or loose wiring. If you find corrosion, you can try carefully cleaning it away, but significant damage will have to be repaired professionally.
- Change out your power source or battery, even if your batteries are rechargeable.
- Adjust the settings or toggle between programs. Many hearing aids are different in this respect, so your course of action will depend on the model you have.
It’s likely that you will have to have the device repaired by a professional if you want it back to original condition if none of these tips help.
What if That Doesn’t Fix My Hearing Aids?
You will likely have two choices if you’ve tried troubleshooting your hearing aid and it still doesn’t work: you either need to purchase a new pair or send them in for service. The age of your hearing aids, your personal situation, and other factors will establish which choice will work best for you.
Take the time to troubleshoot your hearing aids if they aren’t working correctly. If that doesn’t help, you can go on to the next steps, including a discussion with a hearing specialist to find a solution. Schedule an appointment to find a solution today.