If you have hearing aids but you’re still having trouble hearing, your hearing aids might require professional repair.
You take care of your hearing aids. You’re very careful with your hearing aids. Cleaning them on a daily basis, you make sure they are snug on their charger when you go to sleep.
That’s why it’s so frustrating that, suddenly and distressingly, your hearing aids aren’t working properly. Thankfully, there are some steps you can take to resolve the issue. Keep in mind: preventing damage is your first task (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. Here are a few things you can check on most models:
- Check for visible damage: Cracks or loose components may occur around the shell of your hearing aids so remember to check for that. Cracks could allow moisture in and might be a sign of additional damage.
- 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. Even rechargeable batteries need to be replaced eventually and sometimes you may not have them inserted fully.
- Keep your microphone clear:On occasion, the microphone can be obstructed. An obstructed microphone can create feedback or can make your hearing aid sound silent or broken.
- Wax accumulation: Check for wax buildup which could be impeding the normal functionality of your hearing aids. Even if you undertake routine cleaning, occasionally wax can accumulate quickly, so it’s worth ticking this off your list.
Each of these concerns will have its own strategy so check your owner’s manual. In some cases, you might be able to perform maintenance on your own. (But, again, consult the instructions.)
When Does my Hearing Aid Require Servicing?
Your hearing aid will most likely need professional servicing if you keep having problems with it after doing these basic maintenance tasks. Because you depend on your hearing aids for all of your basic conversations and social activities, this probably doesn’t sound very attractive.
But it’s beneficial to understand that repair doesn’t always imply sending your hearing aid away. Sometimes, we can fix it while you wait.
That means, in some cases, you’ll be able to bring your hearing aids in for professional maintenance and get them back within a few minutes or hours (this, of course, depends on the magnitude of the damage, that’s all the more reason to bring it in for repair as soon as you can).
Not all cases can be fixed in house though. And in those cases, you could 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 might even have a pair we can loan you while you wait.
Get Help With Your Hearing Aids Sooner Rather Than Later
If the hearing aids are beginning to fade, the audio quality is starting to falter, it’s essential to have it repaired.
That’s because you want to avoid any downtime. Untreated hearing loss can impact your total health, and that includes your mental health. More to the point, once your hearing aids are forgotten in a box somewhere, it’s all too easy to pretend they don’t exist, all the while, your hearing grows worse and worse.
Your best chance of getting the maximum help from your hearing aids is to keep them working at their highest quality. Keeping them clean and charged and if necessary, bringing them in for service is the easiest way to do that.