If you use hearing aids but you’re still having trouble hearing, your hearing aids might require professional maintenance.
You take good care of your hearing aids. You’re extremely cautious with your hearing aids. Cleaning them every day, you make sure they are snug on their charger when you go to sleep.
But you can’t understand why your hearing aids aren’t working efficiently and it’s very frustrating. Thankfully, there are some steps you can take to resolve the issue. Just remember: your number one task is to avoid damaging your hearing aid further (or you might need to get new ones).
Your Hearing Aid Might Need Troubleshooting
Make sure you consult with your owner’s manual when doing maintenance and troubleshooting because every model of hearing aid can be a bit different. On most models, these things can be checked:
- Check for noticeable damage: Check if there are any visible loose components or cracks around the shell of your hearing aid. Cracks could allow moisture in and might be an indicator of additional damage.
- Keep your microphone clear: Look for anything obstructing the microphone of your hearing aid. Your hearing aid can sound silent or broken or have feedback if the microphone is obstructed.
- Check your battery: Even if you know your hearing aids charged all night, you’ll want to double-check the battery power. If your hearing aid has replaceable batteries, it might not be a bad idea to check if those batteries are inserted properly or if a new one fixes the issue.
- Wax accumulation: Check for wax accumulation which could be impeding the normal functionality of your hearing aids. Wax builds up rapidly so even if you have a routine cleaning schedule you still need to check for this.
Each of these issues will have a unique strategy so consult your owner’s manual. Self maintenance will be possible in certain cases. (Your owner’s manual is the best place to begin.)
When Does my Hearing Aid Require Repair?
If your hearing aid continues to malfunction after you have performed basic maintenance and troubleshooting, it’s likely that your hearing aid will require professional repair. That may not always sound appealing, let’s be honest, you rely on your hearing aid for daily communication (along with dinners with your family, staying current with your favorite Netflix series, etc).
But it’s essential to understand that repair doesn’t always imply sending your hearing aid out for repair. In some cases, we can fix it while you wait.
So in those situations, you will be able to get your hearing aid back in the same day (this, of course, depends on the scope of the damage, that’s all the more reason to bring your devices in for repair as soon as you can).
Not all cases can be fixed in house though. And on those occasions, you may find yourself in need of a backup pair of hearing aids. An old pair might be able to do a decent job as a backup so if you have an old pair, bring them in with you. We may even have some we can loan you while you wait.
Don’t Wait to Get Help With Your Hearing Aids
It’s necessary to get your hearing aids serviced as soon as you notice any falter or fading of the sound quality.
If you do this you will be more likely to avoid any downtime. Your general health and your mental health are impacted by neglected hearing loss. An even more serious concern is that your hearing will diminish as your hearing aids sit forgotten in a drawer.
The ideal way to keep your hearing healthy is to keep your hearing aids working. Keeping them charged and clean and if necessary, bringing them in for service is the best way to do that.