Difficulty hearing? Here’s how you can know if your hearing aids require repair.
You take good care of your hearing aids. You’re extremely cautious with your hearing aids. You charge them nightly and clean them daily.
But you can’t figure out why your hearing aids aren’t functioning effectively and it’s very frustrating. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to troubleshoot the problem. Keep in mind: your number one task is to avoid damaging your hearing aid further (or else replacing them might be required).
Troubleshooting Your Hearing Aid
Every model of hearing aid is different so use your owner manual for troubleshooting and maintenance. Here are some things you can check on most models:
- Look for noticeable damage: Loose components or cracks may develop around the shell of your hearing aids so remember to check for that. Cracks could allow moisture in and might be an indicator of further damage.
- Wax accumulation: Do a visual inspection of your hearing aid to make sure that there is no wax buildup preventing normal functionality. Even if you undertake regular cleaning, sometimes wax can accumulate quickly, so it’s worth checking this off your list.
- Keep your microphone clear: Look for anything blocking the microphone of your hearing aid. An obstructed microphone can cause feedback or can make your hearing aid sound broken or silent.
- Examine your battery: Always check your battery power even if you’re certain your hearing aid sat on the charger all night. Even rechargeable batteries need to be replaced sooner or later and sometimes you might not have them fully inserted.
Again, consult your owner’s manual on how you might tackle each of these problems. Self maintenance will be a possibility in certain cases. (But, once again, consult the instructions.)
Does my Hearing Aid Need Repair – How Can I Tell?
If your hearing aid continues to malfunction after you have performed basic maintenance and troubleshooting, it’s likely that your hearing aid will need to be professionally repaired. Because you depend on your hearing aids for all of your basic conversations and social activities, this probably doesn’t sound very attractive.
But it’s essential 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.
So in those cases, 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 scenarios can be addressed in house though. A backup pair may be necessary in those situations. So if you have 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 With Your Hearing Aids
It’s essential to get your hearing aids repaired 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 untreated hearing loss. Moreover, once your hearing aids are left in a box somewhere, it’s very easy to pretend they don’t exist, even as, your hearing grows worse and worse.
Your best chance of getting the maximum help from your hearing aids is to keep them functioning at their highest quality. And the best way to do that is to keep them clean, keep them charged, and, when necessary, take your hearing aids to get some professional assistance.