You go above and beyond to be certain your hearing aids are well taken care of. Cleaning them daily, you make sure they’re safe and comfortable on their charger when you go to bed.
But you get pretty discouraged when your hearing aids abruptly stop working the way they did once. Fortunately, there are a few measures you can take to diagnose the problem. Just don’t forget: your number one job is to refrain from damaging your hearing aid additionally (or you may need to replace them).
Hearing aid troubleshooting
Naturally, when you first got your sweet new hearing aids, you made a point of putting the owner’s manual in a safe spot. You’ll want to take it out so you can use it for troubleshooting and, possibly, maintenance. Each model of hearing aid can be rather different so it’s essential to follow the manual’s guidelines.
On most models there are some other things you can check, here are a few:
- Check for visible damage: Do you observe any visible cracks or loose components around the shell of your hearing aid? Cracks, obviously, could indicate more significant damage (or let in moisture).
- Check your battery: Even if you know your hearing aids spent the night on the charger, you’ll want to double-check the battery power. It might be a good plan to check if you might need new batteries or if the old ones are correctly inserted, especially if your batteries are replaceable.
- Keep your microphone clear: Look for anything blocking the microphone of your hearing aid. Your hearing aid might feedback or merely fail to work if the microphone is obstructed.
- Wax buildup: Be certain that there’s no wax on your hearing aid by giving it a visual check. Even if you undertake routine cleaning, sometimes wax can build up quickly, so it’s worth ticking this off your list.
Again, check with your owner’s manual on how you should address each of these issues. In some cases, you may be able to perform maintenance yourself.
How will I know when my hearing aid needs repair?
Your hearing aid will probably need to be repaired professionally if you do routine upkeep and it still malfunctions. You need your hearing aids for nearly every facet of your life so this may not sound really appealing.
It’s definitely worth noting that “repair” doesn’t always translate into “send your hearing aids in for service and wait several weeks”. Sometimes, we can fix it in office and you can take it with you when you go.
Or, you’ll be able to bring your hearing aids in for professional assistance and get them back in just a few hours (this, of course, depends on the extent of the damage, all the more reason to get your devices in for repair as soon as possible).
There are still some instances where such rapid repair is not possible. A backup pair of hearing aids may be necessary in these situations. Perhaps you have an old pair that will do temporarily in a pinch. Or maybe we have a loaner pair you can borrow.
Get help with your hearing aids without delay
If the audio quality is beginning to falter, it’s crucial to get your hearing aids assessed and repaired.
You’ll want to try to avoid any downtime. Your mental health and your overall health can be impacted by untreated hearing loss. And it becomes all too easy to leave your hearing aids sitting in a drawer somewhere while your hearing continues to deteriorate.
The optimum way to keep your hearing working properly is to keep those hearing aids working. Keeping them charged, clean, and when needed, professionally repaired is the best way to do that.