Difficulty hearing? Here’s how to know if your hearing aids need repair.
You take good care of your hearing aids. You’re extremely cautious with your hearing aids. Cleaning them every day, you make sure they are snug on their charger when you go to bed.
But you can’t understand why your hearing aids aren’t working effectively and it’s really frustrating. Luckily, troubleshooting the issue is pretty easy. Keep in mind: your number one task is to avoid damaging your hearing aid further (or else replacing them might be necessary).
Troubleshooting Your Hearing Aid
Make sure you consult with your owner’s manual when doing maintenance and troubleshooting because every model of hearing aid can be somewhat different. Here are some things you can check on most models:
- Keep your microphone clear:On occasion, the microphone can be obstructed. An obstructed microphone can cause feedback or can make your hearing aid sound broken or silent.
- Wax buildup: Check for wax buildup which could be impeding the standard operation of your hearing aids. Even if you do routine cleaning, sometimes wax can accumulate rapidly, so it’s worth checking this off your list.
- Look for noticeable damage: Loose components or cracks could appear around the shell of your hearing aids so don’t forget to check for that. Cracks could let moisture in and may be a sign of additional damage.
- Check your battery: Even if you know your hearing aids charged all night, you’ll want to double-check the battery level. If your hearing aid has replaceable batteries, it might be a good idea to check if those batteries are inserted correctly or if a new one solves the problem.
Each of these issues will have a unique strategy so check your owner’s manual. In some cases, you may be able to perform maintenance on your own. (But, again, consult the instructions.)
Does my Hearing Aid Need servicing – How Can I Tell?
Your hearing aid will most likely require professional servicing if you continue to have issues 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.
But it’s beneficial 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 situations, you will be able to get your hearing aid back before the day’s end (this, of course, depends on the extent of the damage, that’s all the more reason to bring it in for repair as soon as you can).
There are still some cases where such rapid repair isn’t feasible. And in those cases, you might find yourself in need of a backup pair of hearing aids. So if you have an old pair lying around, ask us whether they will work on a temporary basis. We may even have a pair we can loan you while you are waiting.
Get Assistance With Your Hearing Aids As Soon as Possible
If your hearing aids are starting to fade, the audio quality is starting to fail, it’s essential to get it repaired.
If you do this you will be more likely to avoid any downtime. Untreated hearing loss can impact your overall health, and that includes your mental health. An even more serious worry is that your hearing will diminish as your hearing aids sit ignored in a drawer.
The ideal way to keep your hearing healthy is to keep those hearing aids working. Keeping them charged and clean and if necessary, bringing them in for maintenance is the best way to do that.