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When technology quits working properly, that’s when we usually notice it the most. With hearing aids that’s especially true: Hearing aids are a critical lifeline to the rest of society for people who wear them not just a piece of technology.

So identifying solutions for a malfunctioning hearing aid, and finding those solutions quickly, is vital for both physiological and emotional reasons. Whether you’ve been wearing your hearing aids for a week, a year, or decades, troubleshooting can be a high-stakes, frustrating process. But there are some reasonably easy measures you can try to get your hearing aid working correctly again.

Before Problems Happen Take Preventative Measures

Hearing aids are no exception to the rule, like any other piece of technology, they require regular upkeep. Although the casing may appear simple and robust, the electronics inside can be incredibly sophisticated.

As a result of this you have to keep them well maintained. While you’re wearing your hearing aids, there are some things you can do that will make taking care of them simpler.

Keeping Your Hearing Aids Clean is a Must

Your ears naturally and normally generate a certain amount of wax each day. And, the ear wax is, to a certain degree helpful for your ears. But your hearing aids can be damaged by it. Keeping your hearing aids clean and clear of wax buildup can help improve the longevity of the devices. In fact, a built-in wax filter comes with most hearing aids that should also be periodically cleaned.

Moisture is The Enemy of Hearing Aids

Electronics and moisture don’t mix. And despite the best protection technology can build, consistent subjection to moisture can eventually wear down the internal electronics of your hearing aids, diminishing their performance.

This Means using your hearing aids in the pool or shower is not a good idea. Also, towel dry your hearing aids if they get wet. Don’t use a hair dryer because it can harm them.

Schedule Time With Professional Cleaners

Hearing aids are delicate (and commonly expensive) technology, and as such, they require specialized cleaning practices. A specialized cleaner can better achieve certain things that you can’t, even if you’re fairly rigorous about your cleaning habits.

That’s why it’s suggested that you take your hearing aids in to be cleaned every 4-6 months.

How to Troubleshoot Existing Problems

Even if your hearing aids are presently working, you will still be required to take protective steps. But if you’re having problems, if your hearing aids aren’t working well anymore, you’re probably more interested in some quick fixes.

Try one of the following steps if your hearing aids aren’t working correctly:

  • Toggle between programs or adjust the settings. How you respond will depend on the model because they’re all different in this regard.
  • Check your own ears. Sound from your hearing aid might be blocked by earwax buildup.
  • Inspect the battery compartment. Look for corrosion or loose wiring. If you discover corrosion, you can try carefully cleaning it away, but considerable damage will need to be fixed professionally.
  • Replace your power source or battery, even if your batteries are rechargeable.
  • Turn your hearing aid of then back on. This will correct the issue in certain cases.
  • Examine your hearing aids for obvious signs of damage, like blemishes or cracks. Your hearing aid may need to be fixed if you find any of this kind of damage.
  • Check your hearing aid for wax or debris build up. Gently clear away any wax or debris you might notice.
  • Adjust the volume. Sometimes you can do this via a remote or manually with the wheel on the hearing aid. Try both if you have both features with your hearing aid.

It’s likely that you will have to get the device repaired professionally if you want it back to original condition if none of these tips work.

What if Nothing I Try Works?

When your hearing aids aren’t working well anymore and troubleshooting has not taken care of the problem, you will likely have two choices: you either need to get a new set or send them in for service. The age of your hearing aids, your personal circumstances, and other factors will establish which option will work best for you.

If your hearing aids aren’t functioning well right now, take the time to do some troubleshooting. A discussion with your hearing professional to find a solution is the next thing you should do if that doesn’t help. To find a solution make your appointment right away.