Difficulty hearing? Here’s how you can know if your hearing aids need maintenance.
You take good care of your hearing aids. You’re very cautious with your hearing aids. You charge them each night and clean them daily.
That’s why it’s so frustrating that, suddenly and distressingly, your hearing aids aren’t working properly. The good news is, troubleshooting the problem is fairly easy. Just remember: preventing damage is your first task (or else replacing them might be necessary).
Troubleshooting Your Hearing Aid
Make sure you consult with your owner’s manual when doing upkeep and troubleshooting as every model of hearing aid can be somewhat different. On most models, these things can be checked:
- Wax accumulation: Check for wax buildup which could be stopping the normal functionality of your hearing aids. Even if you perform routine cleaning, sometimes wax can accumulate quickly, so it’s worth checking this off your list.
- Look for visible damage: Check if there are any visible cracks or loose components around the shell of your hearing aid. Cracks could allow moisture in and may be a sign of additional damage.
- Check your battery: Always double check your battery level even if you’re sure your hearing aid sat on the charger all night. If your hearing aid has replaceable batteries, it might not be a bad idea to check if those batteries are in correctly or if a new one fixes the issue.
- Keep your microphone clear:Sometimes, the microphone can be obstructed. An obstructed microphone can cause feedback or can make your hearing aid sound silent or broken.
Each of these issues will have its own strategy so check your owner’s manual. In certain 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 probably need professional repair if you keep having problems with it after carrying out these basic maintenance duties. Because you rely on your hearing aids for all of your everyday conversations and social activities, this most likely doesn’t sound very attractive.
However, it’s worth noting that “repair” doesn’t always translate into “send your hearing aid out” for service and wait a few weeks. In some cases, we can fix it 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 extent of the damage, which is all the more reason to bring it in for repair as soon as you can).
There are still some cases where same day repair is not possible. A backup pair could be necessary in those situations. An old pair may be able to do an adequate job as a backup so bring them in with you if you have a pair. We might even have some we can loan you while you are waiting.
Don’t Put Off Getting 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.
If you do this you will be more likely to prevent any downtime. Your overall health and your mental health are impacted by untreated hearing loss. More to the point, once your hearing aids are ignored in a box somewhere, it’s very easy to pretend they don’t exist, all the while, your hearing progressively worsens.
The best way to get the maximum help from your hearing aids is to keep them working at their highest quality. Keeping them clean and charged and if necessary, taking them in for maintenance is the easiest way to do that.