Trouble hearing? Here’s how to know if your hearing aids require maintenance.
You take care of your hearing aids. You baby them. You charge them each night and clean them daily.
That’s why it’s so annoying that, suddenly and distressingly, your hearing aids aren’t working properly. Luckily, troubleshooting the issue is pretty simple. Keep in mind: preventing damage is your first task (or you might have to get new ones).
Your Hearing Aid Might Need Troubleshooting
Always consult your owner’s manual when doing maintenance and troubleshooting as every model of hearing aid can be a bit different. On most models, these things can be checked:
- Examine your battery: Always check your battery power even if you are sure your hearing aid sat on the charger all night. Even rechargeable batteries have to be replaced eventually and sometimes you might not have them fully inserted.
- Wax accumulation: Check for wax buildup which could be impeding the normal operation of your hearing aids. Even if you undertake regular cleaning, occasionally wax can build up quickly, so it’s worth checking this off your list.
- Keep your microphone clear:On occasion, the microphone can be blocked. A blocked microphone can create feedback or can make your hearing aid sound broken or silent.
- Check for visible damage: Loose components or cracks could occur around the shell of your hearing aids so remember to inspect for that. Cracks could allow moisture in and may be a sign of further damage.
Again, consult your owner’s manual on how you might approach each of these problems. Self maintenance will be a possibility in certain cases. (But, again, read the instructions.)
When Does my Hearing Aid Require Repair?
Your hearing aid will probably need professional repair if you continue to have issues with it after doing these basic maintenance duties. That might not always seem appealing, after all, you depend on your hearing aid for daily communication (not to mention dinners with your family, keeping up to date with your favorite Netflix series, etc).
But it’s beneficial to recognize that repair doesn’t always mean sending your hearing aid out for repair. There are some situations where it can be fixed in shop while you wait.
That means, in some instances, you’ll be able to bring your hearing aids in for professional maintenance and have them back within a few minutes or hours (this is why it’s a smart idea to bring your hearing aid to us so we can assess the damage).
There are still some circumstances where such rapid repair isn’t feasible. And on those occasions, you may find yourself needing a backup pair of hearing aids. An old pair may be able to do a decent job as a backup so if you have an old pair, bring them in with you. We might even have a pair we can loan you while you are waiting.
Get Assistance With Your Hearing Aids Right Away
If your hearing aids are starting to fade, the audio quality is beginning to falter, it’s crucial to get it repaired.
If you do this you will be more likely to eliminate any downtime. Neglected hearing loss can affect your total health, including your mental health. An even more significant concern is that your hearing will diminish as your hearing aids sit ignored in a drawer.
Your best chance of getting the maximum help from your hearing aids is to keep them working at their highest quality. And the best way to do that is to clean them, keep them charged, and, when necessary, take your hearing aids to get some professional help.