If you use hearing aids but you’re still having problems hearing, your hearing aids might require professional repair.
You take good care of your hearing aids. You baby them. Cleaning them every day, you make sure they are snug on their charger when you go to sleep.
That’s why it’s so irritating that, abruptly and distressingly, your hearing aids aren’t working properly. Thankfully, 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 you might need to replace them).
Troubleshooting Your Hearing Aid
Every model of hearing aid is different so make use of your owner manual for troubleshooting and maintenance. On most models, these things can be checked:
- Check your battery: Always double check your battery power even if you are sure your hearing aid sat on the charger all night. If your hearing aid has changeable batteries, it may be a good idea to check if those batteries are inserted correctly or if a new one fixes the issue.
- Check for noticeable damage: Loose components or cracks could develop around the shell of your hearing aids so don’t forget to check for that. Cracks could allow moisture in and might be a sign of additional damage.
- Wax accumulation: Check for wax buildup which could be stopping the standard functionality of your hearing aids. Wax accumulates rapidly so even if you have a regular cleaning schedule you still need to pay attention to this.
- Keep your microphone clear:Sometimes, the microphone can be blocked. Your hearing aid will sound silent or broken or have feedback if the microphone is obstructed.
Again, consult your owner’s manual on how you should tackle each of these problems. In certain cases, you may be capable of performing maintenance yourself. (Your owner’s manual is the best place to begin.)
When Does my Hearing Aid Require Repair?
Your hearing aid will most likely need professional servicing if you keep having problems with it after carrying out these basic maintenance tasks. Because you depend on your hearing aids for all of your basic conversations and social activities, this probably 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 several weeks. In some cases, we can fix it while you wait.
Meaning, 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, of course, depends on the severity of the damage, which is all the more reason to bring your devices in for repair as soon as possible).
There are still some circumstances where same day repair is not possible. A backup pair could be necessary in those situations. So if you’ve got an old pair lying around, ask us whether they will serve temporarily. There might even be a loaner pair at our office that you can use until you get yours back.
Don’t Wait to Get Help For Your Hearing Aids
It’s necessary to have your hearing aids serviced as soon as you experience any falter or fading of the sound quality.
If you do this you will be more likely to prevent any downtime. Untreated hearing loss can affect your overall health, and that includes your mental health. More to the point, once your hearing aids are forgotten in a box somewhere, it’s very easy to pretend they don’t exist, all the while, your hearing grows worse and worse.
The best way to keep your hearing healthy is to keep your hearing aids working. 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.