Trouble hearing? Here’s how to know if your hearing aids require repair.
You take care of your hearing aids. You’re really cautious with your hearing aids. Cleaning them on a daily basis, you make certain they are snug on their charger when you go to sleep.
That’s why it’s so annoying that, suddenly and distressingly, your hearing aids are no longer working properly. The good news is, troubleshooting the problem is fairly simple. Just remember: your number one job is to avoid damaging your hearing aid further (or else replacing them might be necessary).
Your Hearing Aid Might Need Troubleshooting
Always consult with your owner’s manual when doing upkeep and troubleshooting as every model of hearing aid can be a bit different. On most models, these things can be checked:
- Keep your microphone clear:On occasion, the microphone can be blocked. A blocked microphone can create feedback or can make your hearing aid sound silent or broken.
- Check your battery: Always check your battery level even if you are certain your hearing aid sat on the charger all night. Even rechargeable batteries need to be replaced sooner or later and sometimes you might not have them fully inserted.
- Check for visible damage: Check to see if there are any visible cracks or loose components around the shell of your hearing aid. Cracks, obviously, could reveal more significant damage (or allow).
- Wax buildup: Check for wax accumulation which could be impeding the normal 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.
Each of these issues will have a unique strategy so check your owner’s manual. Self maintenance will be a possibility in certain cases. (Your owner’s manual is the best place to begin.)
When Does my Hearing Aid Need Servicing?
Your hearing aid will most likely need professional servicing if you keep having problems with it after carrying out these basic maintenance tasks. That may not always seem appealing, after all, you rely on your hearing aid for everyday communication (not to mention dinners with your family, staying current with your favorite Netflix series, etc).
But it’s beneficial 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 cases, you will be able to get your hearing aid back in the same day (this, of course, depends on the severity of the damage, that’s all the more reason to bring it in for repair as soon as possible).
Not all scenarios can be addressed in house though. And in those cases, you could find yourself in need of a backup pair of hearing aids. An old pair might be able to do an adequate job as a backup so bring them in with you if you have a pair. There may even be a loaner pair at our office that we can loan you until you get yours back.
Don’t Put Off Getting Help For Your Hearing Aids
It’s necessary to get your hearing aids repaired as soon as you notice any falter or fading of the sound quality.
That’s because you want to avoid any downtime. Neglected hearing loss can influence your total health, including your mental health. An even more serious 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 working at their highest quality. Keeping them charged and clean and if necessary, bringing them in for service is the easiest way to do that.