If you have hearing aids but you’re still having difficulty hearing, your hearing aids might require professional repair.
You take good care of your hearing aids. You’re very cautious with your hearing aids. You charge them nightly and clean them daily.
That’s why it’s so discouraging that, abruptly and distressingly, your hearing aids aren’t working properly. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to resolve the issue. Keep in mind: preventing damage is your first task (or else replacing them could be required).
Troubleshooting Your Hearing Aid
Always consult with your owner’s manual when doing upkeep and troubleshooting because every model of hearing aid can be somewhat different. On most models, these things can be checked:
- Check your battery: Even if you know your hearing aids charged all night, you’ll want to double-check the battery power. If your hearing aid has replaceable batteries, it may be a good idea to check if those batteries are in correctly or if a new one solves the problem.
- Look for visible damage: Check to see if there are any visible loose components or cracks around the shell of your hearing aid. Cracks, clearly, could reveal more extensive damage (or allow).
- Keep your microphone clear: Look for anything obstructing the microphone of your hearing aid. An obstructed microphone can cause feedback or can make your hearing aid sound broken or silent.
- Wax accumulation: Check for wax buildup which could be impeding the standard 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 problems will have a unique solution so check your owner’s manual. In some cases, you may be able to perform maintenance on your own. (Your owner’s manual is the best place to begin.)
Does my Hearing Aid require Repair – How do I Know?
If your hearing aid continues to malfunction after you have done basic maintenance and troubleshooting, it’s likely that your hearing aid will need to be professionally repaired. Because you rely on your hearing aids for all of your basic conversations and social activities, this probably doesn’t sound very appealing.
But it’s important to understand that repair doesn’t always mean sending your hearing aid out for repair. There are some situations where it can be repaired in shop 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 magnitude of the damage, which is all the more reason to bring your devices in for repair as soon as you can).
There are still some cases where same day repair isn’t possible. A backup pair could be required in those cases. So if you have an old pair collecting dust, ask us whether they will serve temporarily. We might even have some we can loan you while you wait.
Get Assistance With Your Hearing Aids As Soon as Possible
If the hearing aids are starting to fade, the audio quality is beginning to fail, it’s crucial to have it repaired.
If you do this you will be more likely to avoid any downtime. Your overall health and your mental health are impacted by neglected hearing loss. More to the point, once your hearing aids are ignored in a box somewhere, it’s all too easy to pretend they don’t exist, all the while, your hearing grows worse and worse.
The best way to get the maximum help from your hearing aids is to keep them functioning at their highest quality. Keeping them charged and clean and if necessary, bringing them in for maintenance is the best way to do that.