You go above and beyond to make sure your hearing aids are well cared for. When you go to sleep, you always put them comfortably on the charger and you clean them daily.
But you get pretty discouraged when your hearing aids abruptly stop working the way they used to. There are several things you can do to troubleshoot the issue, luckily. Just remember: your main job is to refrain from damaging your hearing aid further (or you might have 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 get it out so you can utilize it for troubleshooting and, possibly, maintenance. Following your owner’s manual is essential because every model of hearing aid is different.
On most models there are some other things you can check, here are a few:
- 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: Check your hearing aid to find out if anything is obstructing the microphone. An obstructed microphone can create feedback or can cause your hearing aids to sound broken or silent.
- Wax accumulation: Perform a visual inspection of your hearing aid to ensure that there is no wax accumulation interfering with standard functionality. Wax can accumulate quickly even if you clean your hearing aids regularly so make sure you double check.
- Check for noticeable damage: Do you observe any visible cracks or loose components around the shell of your hearing aid? Cracks, clearly, could suggest more extensive damage (or let in moisture).
Once again you can discover how to address each of these issues by referring to your owner’s manual. Self-maintenance is sometimes possible.
When does my hearing aid need repair?
Your hearing aid will most likely need to be professionally repaired if you do routine maintenance and it still malfunctions. You need your hearing aids for nearly every facet of your life so this might not sound really appealing.
You won’t automatically be without your hearing aid for extended periods of time just because it needs to be serviced. In some cases, we can fix your hearing aid in office while you wait.
Or, depending on the degree of the damage, you could have your hearing aids back in a few hours.
But quick repair will not be possible in every case. A backup set of hearing aids might be needed in these cases. So if you have an old pair lying around, ask whether they will serve temporarily. Or maybe we have a loaner pair you can borrow.
Get assistance with your hearing aids without delay
If the audio quality is beginning to fail, it’s crucial to get your hearing aids checked and repaired.
Any degree of downtime needs to be avoided. Your mental health and your overall health can be affected by neglected hearing loss. More to the point, once your hearing aids are forgotten in a box somewhere, it’s all too easy to pretend they’re not there, all the while, your hearing gets worse and worse.
Keeping those hearing aids in good working order is the key to keeping your hearing healthy. Keeping them charged, clean, and when needed, professionally repaired is the best way to do that.