If you use hearing aids but you’re still having problems 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 every day.
That’s why it’s so irritating that, abruptly and distressingly, your hearing aids are no longer working properly. Thankfully, there are some steps you can take to resolve the issue. Keep in mind: your number one job is to avoid damaging your hearing aid further (or you might have to replace them).
Your Hearing Aid Might Need Troubleshooting
Every design of hearing aid is different so use your owner manual for troubleshooting and maintenance. On most models, these things can be checked:
- Wax accumulation: Perform a visual inspection of your hearing aid to make sure that there is no wax accumulation interfering with normal operation. Wax accumulates rapidly so even if you have a routine cleaning schedule you still need to check for this.
- 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.
- Check for noticeable damage: Loose components or cracks may appear around the shell of your hearing aids so remember to check for that. Cracks could let moisture in and might be an indicator of additional damage.
- Examine your battery: Even if you’re sure your hearing aids charged all night, you’ll want to double-check the battery level. If your hearing aid has changeable batteries, it might be a good idea to check if those batteries are inserted correctly or if a new one solves the problem.
Each of these issues will have its own solution so check your owner’s manual. In some cases, you may be capable of performing maintenance on your own. (But, once again, read the instructions.)
When Does my Hearing Aid Need Servicing?
If your hearing aid keeps malfunctioning after you have carried out basic maintenance and troubleshooting, it’s likely that your hearing aid will require professional repair. That may not always seem appealing, after all, you depend on your hearing aid for everyday communication (along with dinners with your family, staying current with your favorite Netflix series, and so on).
But it’s essential to understand that repair doesn’t always mean sending your hearing aid out for repair. There are some scenarios where it can be fixed in shop while you wait.
Meaning, in some cases, you’ll be able to bring your hearing aids in for professional help and get them back in a matter of minutes or hours (this is why it’s a good idea to bring your hearing aid to us so we can determine the damage).
There are still some circumstances where same day repair is not feasible. And in those cases, you might find yourself in need of a backup pair of hearing aids. An old pair may be able to do an adequate job as a backup so bring them in with you if you have a pair. There might even be a loaner pair at our office that we can loan you until you get yours back.
Get Assistance With Your Hearing Aids Sooner Rather Than Later
It’s essential to have 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 impact your total health, including your mental health. Moreover, once your hearing aids are ignored 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. Keeping them charged and clean and if necessary, taking them in for service is the easiest way to do that.