If you have hearing aids but you’re still having problems hearing, your hearing aids might need professional repair.
You take good care of your hearing aids. You’re very careful with your hearing aids. Cleaning them on a daily basis, you make certain they are snug on their charger when you go to bed.
That’s why it’s so annoying that, abruptly and distressingly, your hearing aids are no longer working properly. Luckily, troubleshooting the problem is pretty simple. Just remember: avoiding damage is your number one task (otherwise replacing them might be necessary).
Troubleshooting Your Hearing Aid
Always consult with your owner’s manual when doing upkeep and troubleshooting as every model of hearing aid can be a bit different. Here are some things you can check on most models:
- Examine your battery: Even if you’re sure your hearing aids charged all night, you’ll want to double-check the battery level. Even rechargeable batteries need to be replaced sooner or later and sometimes you might not have them fully inserted.
- Keep your microphone clear: Look for anything blocking the microphone of your hearing aid. Your hearing aid might sound broken or silent or have feedback if the microphone is blocked.
- Look for visible damage: Check if there are any visible loose components or cracks around the shell of your hearing aid. Cracks, clearly, could indicate more significant damage (or allow).
- Wax buildup: Perform a visual check of your hearing aid to ensure that there is no wax buildup preventing normal functionality. Even if you perform regular cleaning, occasionally wax can accumulate quickly, so it’s worth checking this off your list.
Again, check your owner’s manual on how you might address each of these issues. In some cases, you may be able to perform maintenance on your own. (Your owner’s manual is the best place to begin.)
When Does my Hearing Aid Require Repair?
If your hearing aid continues to malfunction after you have carried out basic maintenance and troubleshooting, it’s probable that your hearing aid will require professional repair. Because you rely on your hearing aids for all of your everyday conversations and social activities, this most likely doesn’t sound very attractive.
However, it’s worth noting that “repair” doesn’t always mean you need to “mail your hearing aids in” for service and wait a few weeks. Sometimes, we can fix it while you wait.
That means, in some instances, you’ll be capable of bringing your hearing aids in for professional help and get them back within a few minutes or hours (this, of course, depends on the extent of the damage, which is all the more reason to bring your devices in for repair as soon as possible).
Not all scenarios can be fixed in house though. A backup pair may be required in those cases. So if you’ve got an old pair lying around, ask us whether they will work on a temporary basis. We might even have a pair we can loan you while you are waiting.
Don’t Put Off Getting Help With Your Hearing Aids
It’s essential to get your hearing aids repaired as soon as you notice any falter or fading of the audio quality.
If you do this you will be more likely to eliminate any downtime. Your general health and your mental health are impacted by untreated hearing loss. Moreover, once your hearing aids are forgotten in a box somewhere, it’s way too easy to pretend they don’t exist, even as, your hearing grows worse and worse.
Your best chance of getting the maximum help from your hearing aids is to keep them functioning at their highest quality. And the easiest way to do that is to keep them clean, keep them charged, and, when necessary, take your hearing aids to get some professional help.