If you have hearing aids but you’re still having trouble hearing, your hearing aids may require 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 bed.
But you can’t figure out why your hearing aids aren’t functioning efficiently and it’s really annoying. The good news is, troubleshooting the issue is fairly simple. Keep in mind: your number one task is to avoid damaging your hearing aid further (or you may have to get new ones).
Troubleshooting Your Hearing Aid
Every model of hearing aid is different so use your owner manual for troubleshooting and maintenance. On most models, these things can be checked:
- Check your battery: Even if you’re sure your hearing aids charged all night, you’ll want to double-check the battery power. Even rechargeable batteries have to be replaced eventually and sometimes you may not have them inserted fully.
- Look for noticeable damage: Check if there are any visible cracks or loose components around the shell of your hearing aid. Cracks could allow moisture in and might be a sign of additional damage.
- Wax buildup: Inspect for wax buildup which could be impeding the standard operation of your hearing aids. Even if you undertake routine cleaning, occasionally wax can accumulate rapidly, so it’s worth checking this off your list.
- Keep your microphone clear: Check for anything blocking the microphone of your hearing aid. A blocked microphone can create feedback or can make your hearing aid sound broken or silent.
Again, consult your owner’s manual on how you should address each of these issues. In certain cases, you may be able to perform maintenance on your own. (But, again, consult the instructions.)
When Does my Hearing Aid Need Repair?
Your hearing aid will most likely need professional repair if you continue to have problems with it after doing these basic maintenance tasks. Because you rely on your hearing aids for all of your basic conversations and social activities, this most likely doesn’t sound very attractive.
But it’s important to recognize that repair doesn’t always mean sending your hearing aid out for repair. There are some scenarios where it can be repaired in shop while you wait.
That means, 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, of course, depends on the magnitude of the damage, which is all the more reason to bring it in for repair as soon as possible).
Not all scenarios can be fixed in house though. A backup pair may be necessary in those cases. An old pair may be able to do a decent job as a backup so if you have an old pair, bring them in with you. We might even have a pair we can loan you while you are waiting.
Get Assistance With Your Hearing Aids Right Away
It’s crucial to get your hearing aids repaired as soon as you experience any falter or fading of the audio quality.
If you do this you will be more likely to eliminate any downtime. Your overall health and your mental health are impacted by untreated hearing loss. Moreover, 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 progressively worsens.
The best way to keep your hearing healthy is to keep your hearing aids working. Keeping them charged and clean and if necessary, bringing them in for maintenance is the best way to do that.