Trouble hearing? Here’s how to know if your hearing aids require maintenance.
You take good care of your hearing aids. You baby them. Cleaning them daily, you make sure they are snug on their charger when you go to sleep.
That’s why it’s so frustrating that, abruptly and distressingly, your hearing aids are no longer working the way they should. The good news is, troubleshooting the issue is fairly simple. Just remember: your number one job is to avoid damaging your hearing aid further (or you may have to get new ones).
Your Hearing Aid Might Need Troubleshooting
Always consult with your owner’s manual when doing maintenance and troubleshooting as every model of hearing aid can be a bit different. Here are some things you can check on most models:
- Keep your microphone clear:Sometimes, the microphone can be blocked. An obstructed microphone can create feedback or can make your hearing aid sound broken or silent.
- Wax accumulation: Check for wax accumulation which could be impeding the normal operation of your hearing aids. Wax builds up rapidly so even if you have a regular cleaning schedule you still need to pay attention to this.
- Check for noticeable damage: Loose components or cracks may occur around the shell of your hearing aids so don’t forget to inspect for that. Cracks, clearly, could reveal more extensive damage (or allow).
- 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 need to be replaced eventually and sometimes you might not have them fully inserted.
Each of these concerns will have a unique strategy so consult your owner’s manual. Self maintenance will be possible in some cases. (Your owner’s manual is the best place to start.)
Does my Hearing Aid require Repair – 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 seem appealing, after all, you depend on your hearing aid for everyday communication (not to mention dinners with your family, keeping up to date with your favorite Netflix shows, etc).
However, it’s worth noting that “repair” doesn’t always translate into “send your hearing aid out” for service and wait a number of weeks. In some cases, we can fix it while you wait.
So in those cases, you will be able to get your hearing aid back in the same day (this is the reason why it’s a smart idea to bring your hearing aid to us so we can ascertain the damage).
Not all scenarios can be addressed in house though. And on those occasions, you may find yourself in need of a backup pair of hearing aids. 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 let you use while you wait.
Don’t Put Off Getting Help With Your Hearing Aids
If your hearing aids are beginning to fade, the audio quality is beginning to fail, it’s crucial to have it repaired.
If you do this you will be more likely to prevent any downtime. Neglected hearing loss can affect your general health, including your mental health. An even more significant concern is that your hearing will get worse as your hearing aids sit ignored in a drawer.
The best way to get 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 maintenance is the easiest way to do that.