If you have hearing aids but you’re still having problems hearing, your hearing aids may require professional repair.
You take good 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.
That’s why it’s so irritating that, suddenly and distressingly, your hearing aids aren’t working the way they should. The good news is, troubleshooting the issue is pretty simple. Just remember: preventing damage is your number one job (or you may have to get new ones).
Troubleshooting Your Hearing Aid
Make sure you consult your owner’s manual when performing upkeep and troubleshooting because every model of hearing aid can be somewhat different. On most models, these things can be checked:
- Look for noticeable damage: Check to see if there are any visible cracks or loose components around the shell of your hearing aid. Cracks, clearly, could indicate more substantial damage (or allow).
- Check your battery: Always double check your battery level even if you’re 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 in properly or if a new one fixes the issue.
- Keep your microphone clear:On occasion, the microphone can be blocked. Your hearing aid can sound broken or silent or have feedback if the microphone is blocked.
- Wax buildup: Inspect for wax buildup which could be stopping the standard operation of your hearing aids. Wax builds up quickly so even if you have a regular cleaning schedule you still need to pay attention to this.
Again, check your owner’s manual on how you might approach each of these problems. In certain cases, you may be able to perform maintenance yourself. (Your owner’s manual is the best place to begin.)
Does my Hearing Aid require Repair – How Can I Tell?
If your hearing aid keeps malfunctioning after you have carried out basic maintenance and troubleshooting, it’s probable that your hearing aid will need to be professionally repaired. Because you depend on your hearing aids for all of your basic conversations and social activities, this most likely doesn’t sound very appealing.
However, it’s worth mentioning that “repair” doesn’t always translate into “send your hearing aid out” for service and wait several weeks. Sometimes, we can fix it while you wait.
That means, in some cases, you’ll be capable of bringing your hearing aids in for professional maintenance and have them back within a few minutes or hours (this is why it’s a good idea to bring your hearing aid in so we can ascertain the damage).
There are still some circumstances where such rapid repair is not possible. And on those occasions, you might find yourself in need of a backup pair of hearing aids. So if you have an old pair collecting dust, ask us whether they will work temporarily. We may even have some we can loan you while you wait.
Don’t Wait to Get Help For Your Hearing Aids
It’s essential to get your hearing aids serviced as soon as you notice any falter or fading of the audio quality.
That’s because you really want to eliminate any downtime. Your general health and your mental health are affected by neglected hearing loss. An even more serious worry is that your hearing will diminish as your hearing aids sit forgotten in a drawer.
The best way to get 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 needed, take your hearing aids to get some professional help.