Difficulty hearing? Here’s how to know if your hearing aids require repair.
You take good care of your hearing aids. You’re really careful with your hearing aids. You charge them each night and clean them daily.
That’s why it’s so annoying that, suddenly and distressingly, your hearing aids aren’t working properly. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to troubleshoot the issue. Just remember: your number one task is to avoid damaging your hearing aid further (otherwise replacing them may be necessary).
Your Hearing Aid Might Need Troubleshooting
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:
- Wax accumulation: Perform a visual check of your hearing aid to make sure that there is no wax accumulation preventing normal functionality. Wax accumulates rapidly so even if you have a regular cleaning schedule you still need to pay attention to this.
- Keep your microphone clear: Check for anything obstructing the microphone of your hearing aid. A blocked microphone can create feedback or can cause your hearing aids to sound broken or silent.
- 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 may be an indicator of additional damage.
- Check your battery: Always check your battery power even if you’re sure your hearing aid sat on the charger all night. If your hearing aid has replaceable batteries, it may not be a bad idea to check if those batteries are in correctly or if a new one solves the problem.
Again, check your owner’s manual on how you might approach each of these issues. Self maintenance will be possible in certain cases. (But, again, read the instructions.)
Does my Hearing Aid Need Repair – How do I Know?
Your hearing aid will probably need professional servicing if you continue to have issues with it after carrying out these basic maintenance tasks. Because you rely on your hearing aids for all of your everyday conversations and social activities, this probably doesn’t sound very appealing.
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.
So in those situations, you will be able to get your hearing aid back in the same day (this is the reason why it’s a smart idea to bring your hearing aid to us so we can determine the damage).
Not all cases can be fixed in house though. And in those cases, you may find yourself needing a backup pair of hearing aids. An old pair might 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 wait.
Don’t Put Off Getting Help For Your Hearing Aids
It’s essential to get your hearing aids serviced as soon as you experience any falter or fading of the audio quality.
That’s because you really want to avoid any downtime. Your general health and your mental health are impacted by untreated hearing loss. An even more significant worry is that your hearing will diminish as your hearing aids sit ignored in a drawer.
The best way to get the maximum help from your hearing aids is to keep them functioning at their highest quality. Keeping them charged and clean and if necessary, taking them in for maintenance is the easiest way to do that.