Trouble hearing? Here’s how you can know if your hearing aids require repair.
You take good care of your hearing aids. You’re extremely careful with your hearing aids. Cleaning them daily, you make certain 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 steps you can take to resolve the problem. Just remember: your number one task is to avoid damaging your hearing aid further (or else replacing them could be necessary).
Your Hearing Aid Might Need Troubleshooting
Every model of hearing aid is different so make use of your owner manual for troubleshooting and maintenance. Here are some things you can check on most models:
- Keep your microphone clear:Sometimes, the microphone can be blocked. Your hearing aid might sound broken or silent or have feedback if the microphone is blocked.
- Wax accumulation: Inspect for wax accumulation which could be impeding the normal operation of your hearing aids. Wax accumulates rapidly so even if you have a routine cleaning schedule you still need to check for this.
- Look for noticeable damage: Loose components or cracks may develop around the shell of your hearing aids so don’t forget to check for that. Cracks could allow moisture in and may be an indicator of further damage.
- Examine your battery: Even if you’re sure your hearing aids spent the night on the charger, you’ll want to double-check the battery power. If your hearing aid has replaceable batteries, it may be a good idea to check if those batteries are in correctly or if a new one fixes the issue.
Again, consult your owner’s manual on how you should address each of these issues. Self maintenance will be a possibility in certain cases. (Your owner’s manual is the best place to begin.)
Does my Hearing Aid Need servicing – How Can I Tell?
Your hearing aid will most likely require professional repair if you keep having problems with it after performing these basic maintenance duties. That may not always sound appealing, after all, you depend on your hearing aid for daily communication (along with dinners with your family, keeping up to date with your favorite Netflix shows, and so on).
But it’s essential to recognize that repair doesn’t always imply sending your hearing aid away. Sometimes, we can fix it while you wait.
That means, in some instances, you’ll be able to bring your hearing aids in for professional help and get them back in a matter of minutes or hours (this is why it’s a good idea to bring your hearing aid to us so we can determine the damage).
There are still some cases where same day repair is not feasible. A backup pair may be required in those cases. So if you have an old pair lying around, ask us whether they will work on a temporary basis. There might even be a loaner pair at our office that we can loan you until yours come back.
Don’t Wait to Get Help With Your Hearing Aids
If your hearing aids are beginning to fade, the sound quality is starting to falter, it’s crucial to have it repaired.
If you do this you will be more likely to eliminate any downtime. Untreated hearing loss can affect your total health, including your mental health. Moreover, once your hearing aids are ignored in a box somewhere, it’s all too easy to pretend they don’t exist, all the while, your hearing grows worse and worse.
Your best chance of getting the maximum help from your hearing aids is to keep them working at their highest quality. And the easiest way to do that is to keep them clean, charge them, and, when necessary, take your hearing aids to get some professional help.