Difficulty hearing? Here’s how to know if your hearing aids need maintenance.
You take care of your hearing aids. You’re extremely careful with your hearing aids. Cleaning them daily, you make sure they are snug on their charger when you go to bed.
But you can’t figure out why your hearing aids aren’t working effectively and it’s very frustrating. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to troubleshoot the issue. Just remember: your number one job is to avoid damaging your hearing aid further (or you may have to replace them).
Troubleshooting Your Hearing Aid
Always consult your owner’s manual when performing upkeep and troubleshooting as every model of hearing aid can be a bit different. Here are a few things you can check on most models:
- Examine your battery: Even if you’re sure your hearing aids spent the night on the charger, 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 inserted fully.
- Wax buildup: Perform a visual check of your hearing aid to ensure that there is no wax buildup preventing ordinary operation. Even if you undertake routine cleaning, occasionally wax can build up quickly, so it’s worth checking this off your list.
- Keep your microphone clear:Sometimes, the microphone can be obstructed. Your hearing aid might sound silent or broken or have feedback if the microphone is obstructed.
- Look for noticeable damage: Cracks or loose components could appear around the shell of your hearing aids so don’t forget to inspect for that. Cracks, obviously, could indicate more substantial damage (or allow).
Each of these problems will have its own solution so consult your owner’s manual. Self maintenance will be a possibility in certain cases. (But, again, consult the instructions.)
When Does my Hearing Aid Need Repair?
Your hearing aid will probably need professional repair if you continue to have issues with it after performing these basic maintenance tasks. Because you depend on your hearing aids for all of your basic conversations and social activities, this most likely doesn’t sound very appealing.
However, it’s worth noting that “repair” doesn’t always mean you need to “send your hearing aid out” for service and wait a number of weeks. There are some circumstances where it can be repaired in shop while you wait.
Meaning, in some cases, you’ll be able to bring your hearing aids in for professional help and have them back in a matter of minutes or hours (this, of course, depends on the magnitude of the damage, which is all the more reason to bring it in for repair as soon as you can).
There are still some circumstances where such rapid repair isn’t feasible. And in those cases, you might find yourself needing a backup pair of hearing aids. An old pair may be able to do an adequate 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 are waiting.
Get Help With Your Hearing Aids As Soon as Possible
If your hearing aids are beginning to fade, the audio quality is beginning to falter, it’s essential to get it repaired.
If you do this you will be more likely to avoid any downtime. Your general health and your mental health are affected by neglected hearing loss. Moreover, once your hearing aids are left in a box somewhere, it’s way too easy to pretend they don’t exist, even as, your hearing grows worse and worse.
The best way to get the maximum help from your hearing aids is to keep them working at their highest quality. Keeping them clean and charged and if necessary, taking them in for maintenance is the easiest way to do that.