Trouble hearing? Here’s how to know if your hearing aids require maintenance.
You take care of your hearing aids. You baby them. You charge them every night and clean them daily.
But you can’t figure out why your hearing aids aren’t functioning efficiently and it’s really annoying. Luckily, troubleshooting the issue is pretty straight forward. Just remember: avoiding damage is your first task (or else replacing them could be required).
Your Hearing Aid Might Need Troubleshooting
Every model of hearing aid is different so use your owner manual for troubleshooting and maintenance. On most models, these things can be checked:
- Keep your microphone clear: Check for anything blocking the microphone of your hearing aid. Your hearing aid can sound broken or silent or have feedback if the microphone is obstructed.
- Check your battery: Always check your battery power even if you’re sure your hearing aid charged all night. Even rechargeable batteries have to be replaced sooner or later and sometimes you may not have them inserted fully.
- Wax accumulation: Inspect for wax buildup which could be stopping the normal functionality of your hearing aids. Even if you perform routine cleaning, sometimes wax can accumulate rapidly, so it’s worth checking this off your list.
- Look for visible damage: Check to see if there are any noticeable loose components or cracks around the shell of your hearing aid. Cracks, obviously, could reveal more substantial damage (or allow).
Again, check your owner’s manual on how you should address each of these problems. In some cases, you might be capable of performing maintenance on your own. (Your owner’s manual is the best place to begin.)
When Does my Hearing Aid Require Repair?
Your hearing aid will probably require professional servicing if you continue to have problems with it after doing these basic maintenance tasks. That may not always sound appealing, after all, you depend on your hearing aid for everyday communication (not to mention dinners with your family, keeping up to date with your favorite Netflix series, etc).
However, it’s worth pointing out that “repair” doesn’t always translate into “send your hearing aid out” for service and wait a few weeks. In some cases, we can fix it while you wait.
So in those situations, you will be able to get your hearing aid back in the same day (this, of course, depends on the severity of the damage, which is all the more reason to bring it in for repair as soon as you can).
There are still some cases where same day repair isn’t possible. A backup pair may be required in those situations. 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 let you use while you wait.
Get Help With Your Hearing Aids As Soon as Possible
It’s crucial to get your hearing aids repaired as soon as you detect any falter or fading of the sound quality.
That’s because you hope to avoid any downtime. Neglected hearing loss can influence your overall health, and that includes your mental health. An even more significant concern is that your hearing will get worse 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 functioning at their highest quality. Keeping them clean and charged and if necessary, taking them in for service is the easiest way to do that.