Trouble hearing? Here’s how to know if your hearing aids need maintenance.
You take good care of your hearing aids. You’re extremely cautious with your hearing aids. You charge them every night and clean them daily.
But you can’t figure out why your hearing aids aren’t working effectively and it’s really frustrating. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to resolve the issue. Just remember: your number one job is to avoid damaging your hearing aid further (or you may have to replace them).
Your Hearing Aid Might Need Troubleshooting
Make sure you consult your owner’s manual when performing upkeep and troubleshooting because every model of hearing aid can be a bit different. Here are a few things you can check on most models:
- Look for noticeable damage: Cracks or loose components may appear around the shell of your hearing aids so remember to inspect for that. Cracks, obviously, could indicate more substantial damage (or allow).
- Keep your microphone clear: Check for anything blocking the microphone of your hearing aid. A blocked microphone can create feedback or can make your hearing aid sound broken or silent.
- Wax accumulation: Perform a visual check of your hearing aid to ensure that there is no wax accumulation preventing normal functionality. Wax accumulates quickly so even if you have a routine cleaning schedule you still need to check for this.
- Check your battery: Even if you’re sure your hearing aids spent the night on the charger, you’ll want to double-check the battery level. If your hearing aid has replaceable batteries, it may be a good idea to check if those batteries are inserted properly or if a new one solves the problem.
Again, check your owner’s manual on how you should tackle each of these problems. In certain cases, you may be capable of performing maintenance on your own. (But, once again, consult the instructions.)
When Does my Hearing Aid Need Repair?
Your hearing aid will probably require professional servicing if you continue to have issues with it after doing these basic maintenance tasks. That may not always seem appealing, after all, you rely on your hearing aid for everyday communication (not to mention dinners with your family, staying current with your favorite Netflix shows, and so on).
But it’s important to understand that repair doesn’t always imply sending your hearing aid away. There are some scenarios where it can be fixed in shop while you wait.
Meaning, in some instances, you’ll be capable of bringing your hearing aids in for professional help and get them back in a matter of 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 same day repair is not possible. A backup pair may be necessary in those cases. So if you’ve got an old pair collecting dust, ask us whether they will serve on a temporary basis. There might even be a loaner set at our office that we can loan you until yours come back.
Don’t Put Off Getting Help For Your Hearing Aids
If your hearing aids are starting to fade, the audio quality is starting to falter, it’s important to get it repaired.
If you do this you will be more likely to prevent any downtime. Your overall health and your mental health are affected by untreated hearing loss. An even more serious worry is that your hearing will diminish as your hearing aids sit ignored in a drawer.
The best way to keep your hearing healthy is to keep those hearing aids working. Keeping them clean and charged and if necessary, bringing them in for maintenance is the best way to do that.