If you use hearing aids but you’re still having difficulty hearing, your hearing aids may need professional maintenance.
You take care of your hearing aids. You’re very careful with your hearing aids. Cleaning them daily, you make sure they are snug on their charger when you go to bed.
But you can’t figure out why your hearing aids aren’t functioning efficiently and it’s really annoying. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to troubleshoot the problem. Keep in mind: avoiding damage is your number one task (otherwise replacing them might be necessary).
Troubleshooting Your Hearing Aid
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:
- Look for noticeable damage: Check if there are any visible cracks or loose components around the shell of your hearing aid. Cracks, clearly, could reveal more substantial damage (or allow).
- Keep your microphone clear:On occasion, the microphone can be obstructed. Your hearing aid can sound silent or broken or have feedback if the microphone is blocked.
- Examine your battery: Even if you know your hearing aids spent the night on the charger, you’ll want to double-check the battery power. If your hearing aid has changeable batteries, it may be a good idea to check if those batteries are in properly or if a new one solves the problem.
- Wax accumulation: Do a visual check of your hearing aid to ensure that there is no wax buildup interfering with ordinary operation. Wax accumulates quickly so even if you have a routine cleaning schedule you still need to pay attention to this.
Each of these problems will have its own solution so check your owner’s manual. In some cases, you might be capable of performing maintenance yourself. (Your owner’s manual is the best place to start.)
When Does my Hearing Aid Need Repair?
Your hearing aid will most likely require professional servicing if you keep having issues with it after carrying out these basic maintenance tasks. That might not always seem appealing, after all, you rely on your hearing aid for daily communication (not to mention dinners with your family, staying current with your favorite Netflix series, etc).
But it’s important to understand that repair doesn’t always mean sending your hearing aid away. Sometimes, we can repair it while you wait.
So in those cases, you will be able to get your hearing aid back before the day’s end (this is why it’s a good idea to bring your hearing aid in so we can determine the damage).
Not all scenarios can be addressed in house though. A backup pair could be necessary in those cases. An old pair might be able to do a decent job as a backup so bring them in with you if you have a pair. There may even be a loaner set at our office that we can loan you until yours come back.
Don’t Wait to Get Help With Your Hearing Aids
It’s crucial to have your hearing aids serviced as soon as you notice any falter or fading of the audio quality.
That’s because you really want to eliminate any downtime. Neglected hearing loss can impact your general health, and that includes your mental health. An even more serious worry 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. And the easiest way to do that is to clean them, charge them, and, when necessary, take your hearing aids to get some professional help.