We usually only notice technology the most when it quits working. With hearing aids that’s especially true: To most people who wear them, hearing aids are more than just a piece of technology; they’re a critical lifeline to the rest of the world.
It’s both emotionally and physiologically important to find solutions for malfunctioning hearing aids as quickly as possible. Whether you’ve been wearing your hearing aids for a week, a year, or a decade, troubleshooting can be a high-stakes, troublesome process. But if you want to get your hearing aid working correctly again there are some simple measures you can take.
Avoiding Problems Before They Occurs
Any advanced piece of technology involves maintenance, and hearing aids are no exception. Even though the casing might look simple and robust, the electronics inside can be amazingly sophisticated.
So this means maintenance is a must. There are some easy ways you can make sure to take care of your hearing aids while you’re using them.
Keeping Your Hearing Aids Clean is a Must
Each day, a certain amount of wax is normally and naturally generated by your ears. And, the ear wax is, to a certain extent good for your ears. But it’s not so great for your hearing aids. To help improve the life of your device keep your hearing aids clean and clear of wax. In fact, a built-in wax filter comes with most hearing aids that should also be cleaned periodically.
Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry
Moisture and electronics don’t mix well. The effectiveness of your hearing aids can be jeopardized, despite the best protection technology available, if it is repeatedly exposed to moisture.
This means that you shouldn’t use your hearing aids in the shower or while swimming. Also, dry your hearing aids with a towel if they get wet. Don’t use a hair dryer because it can damage them.
Schedule Time With Professional Cleaners
Hearing aids are delicate (and often expensive) technology, and as such, they require specialized cleaning practices. A specialized cleaner can better achieve certain things that you can’t, even if you’re pretty rigorous about your cleaning habits.
Every 4-6 months is the recommended time between cleanings.
Troubleshooting Complications That Are Already Happening
Preventative steps are essential if your hearing aids are currently working correctly. You’re most likely more interested in quick fixes if your experiencing problems with your hearing aids not working anymore.
Try one of the following steps if your hearing aids aren’t working correctly:
- Even if your batteries are rechargeable they will occasionally need to be replaced.
- Change the settings or toggle between programs. How you deal with it will depend on the model because they’re all different in this regard.
- Check your own ears. It’s possible that earwax buildup in your ear canal is interfering with the sound from your hearing aid.
- Take a good look at your hearing aids for noticeable signs of damage, like blemishes or cracks. Such damage could mean the hearing aid needs repairs.
- Look inside the battery compartment. Look for corrosion or loose wiring. If you find corrosion, you can attempt to carefully clean it away, but significant damage will need to be fixed professionally.
- Adjust the volume. This can be done via a remote or manually with the dial on the hearing aid. If your hearing aid has both options, try doing both.
- Inspect your hearing aid for debris or wax build up. Gently clear away any debris or wax you might find.
- Turn your hearing aid of then back on. This will correct the issue in certain cases.
It’s likely that you will have to get the device repaired professionally if you want it back to original performance if none of these tips help.
What if That Doesn’t Fix My Hearing Aids?
You will likely have two options if you’ve tried to troubleshoot your hearing aid and it still doesn’t work: you either need to purchase a new set or send them in for repair. Which choice works better for you will depend on your situation, how old your hearing aids are, and other variables.
Take the time to troubleshoot your hearing aids if they aren’t working well. A conversation with your hearing professional to determine a solution is the next thing you should do if that doesn’t help. To find a solution make an appointment right away.