If you use hearing aids but you’re still having difficulty hearing, your hearing aids may need professional repair.
You take care of your hearing aids. You’re extremely cautious with your hearing aids. Cleaning them daily, you make sure they are snug on their charger when you go to sleep.
But you can’t understand 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. Keep in mind: preventing damage is your first job (otherwise replacing them could be necessary).
Troubleshooting Your Hearing Aid
Always consult your owner’s manual when performing upkeep and troubleshooting as every model of hearing aid can be a bit different. On most models, these things can be checked:
- Examine your battery: Always double check your battery level even if you are sure your hearing aid charged all night. If your hearing aid has changeable batteries, it may be a good idea to check if those batteries are in correctly or if a new one fixes the issue.
- Look for visible damage: Loose components or cracks could appear around the shell of your hearing aids so remember to inspect for that. Cracks could let moisture in and might be a sign of further damage.
- Keep your microphone clear:On occasion, the microphone can be blocked. An obstructed microphone can create feedback or can cause your hearing aids to sound silent or broken.
- Wax accumulation: Do a visual examination of your hearing aid to ensure that there is no wax buildup preventing normal functionality. Even if you undertake regular cleaning, sometimes wax can accumulate rapidly, so it’s worth ticking this off your list.
Each of these concerns will have a unique strategy so consult your owner’s manual. Self maintenance will be possible in some cases. (Your owner’s manual is the best place to start.)
When Does my Hearing Aid Need Servicing?
Your hearing aid will most likely require professional repair if you keep having problems with it after carrying out these basic maintenance duties. That might not always seem appealing, let’s be honest, you depend on your hearing aid for daily communication (along with dinners with your family, staying current with your favorite Netflix shows, etc).
But it’s beneficial to recognize that repair doesn’t always mean sending your hearing aid out for repair. Sometimes, we can fix it while you wait.
Meaning, in some instances, you’ll be able to bring your hearing aids in for professional maintenance 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 assess the damage).
There are still some cases where same day repair is not possible. A backup pair could be necessary in those cases. So if you’ve got an old pair lying around, ask us whether they will work on a temporary basis. We may even have some we can let you use while you are waiting.
Get Assistance With Your Hearing Aids Right Away
If the hearing aids are beginning to fade, the sound quality is beginning to fail, it’s crucial to get it repaired.
If you do this you will be more likely to avoid any downtime. Untreated hearing loss can affect your overall health, including your mental health. Moreover, once your hearing aids are ignored in a box somewhere, it’s way too easy to pretend they don’t exist, all the while, your hearing progressively worsens.
Your best chance of getting the maximum help from your hearing aids is to keep them working at their highest quality. And the best way to do that is to clean them, keep them charged, and, when necessary, take your hearing aids to get some professional help.