If you have hearing aids but you’re still having trouble hearing, your hearing aids might need professional repair.
You take care of your hearing aids. You baby them. You charge them every night and clean them daily.
But you can’t understand why your hearing aids aren’t working efficiently and it’s really frustrating. Luckily, troubleshooting the problem is pretty simple. Keep in mind: preventing damage is your first task (or you might have to get new ones).
Troubleshooting Your Hearing Aid
Every design of hearing aid is different so use your owner manual for troubleshooting and maintenance. Here are some things you can check on most models:
- Keep your microphone clear: Look for anything obstructing the microphone of your hearing aid. An obstructed microphone can create feedback or can cause your hearing aids to sound silent or broken.
- Check for visible damage: Loose components or cracks may appear around the shell of your hearing aids so don’t forget to inspect for that. Cracks could let moisture in and may be a sign of further damage.
- Examine your battery: Even if you know your hearing aids spent the night on the charger, you’ll want to double-check the battery level. If your hearing aid has changeable batteries, it might not be a bad idea to check if those batteries are inserted correctly or if a new one solves the problem.
- Wax accumulation: Perform a visual check of your hearing aid to ensure that there is no wax accumulation preventing normal functionality. Even if you undertake regular cleaning, sometimes wax can build up quickly, so it’s worth checking this off your list.
Again, consult your owner’s manual on how you might approach each of these issues. In certain cases, you might be able to perform maintenance yourself. (Your owner’s manual is the best place to start.)
Does my Hearing Aid require Repair – How Can I Tell?
Your hearing aid will most likely require professional servicing if you continue to have problems with it after doing these basic maintenance tasks. Because you depend on your hearing aids for all of your basic conversations and social activities, this most likely doesn’t sound very appealing.
But it’s essential to recognize that repair doesn’t always mean 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 you can).
Not all scenarios can be addressed in house though. A backup pair could be required in those situations. So if you have an old pair collecting dust, ask us whether they will work on a temporary basis. There may even be a loaner pair at our office that you can use until you get yours back.
Get Assistance With Your Hearing Aids Right Away
If the hearing aids are starting to fade, the audio quality is starting to falter, it’s essential to get it repaired.
If you do this you will be more likely to prevent any downtime. Neglected hearing loss can influence your general health, including your mental health. An even more serious worry is that your hearing will get worse as your hearing aids sit forgotten 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, bringing them in for service is the best way to do that.