If you use hearing aids but you’re still having trouble hearing, your hearing aids might require professional maintenance.
You take care of your hearing aids. You’re really careful with your hearing aids. You charge them each night and clean them every day.
That’s why it’s so annoying that, abruptly and distressingly, your hearing aids aren’t working properly. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to troubleshoot the issue. Keep in mind: your number one task is to avoid damaging your hearing aid further (otherwise replacing them may be required).
Your Hearing Aid Might Need Troubleshooting
Make sure you consult with your owner’s manual when performing upkeep and troubleshooting because every model of hearing aid can be somewhat different. On most models, these things can be checked:
- Keep your microphone clear:On occasion, the microphone can be blocked. A blocked microphone can cause feedback or can make your hearing aid sound broken or silent.
- Wax accumulation: Do a visual examination of your hearing aid to make sure that there is no wax buildup interfering with ordinary operation. Even if you undertake routine cleaning, sometimes wax can build up quickly, so it’s worth checking this off your list.
- Check your battery: Even if you’re sure your hearing aids spent the night on the charger, 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 properly or if a new one fixes the issue.
- Look for noticeable damage: Check to see if there are any noticeable loose components or cracks around the shell of your hearing aid. Cracks could let moisture in and might be a sign of further damage.
Again, consult your owner’s manual on how you should tackle each of these problems. Self maintenance will be possible in certain cases. (But, again, read the instructions.)
When Does my Hearing Aid Require Servicing?
If your hearing aid continues to malfunction after you have done 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 basic conversations and social activities, this probably doesn’t sound very attractive.
But it’s important to understand that repair doesn’t always mean sending your hearing aid away. There are some circumstances where it can be repaired in shop while you wait.
That means, in some instances, you’ll be capable of bringing your hearing aids in for professional help and have them back within a few 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 possible).
There are still some circumstances where same day repair isn’t feasible. And in those cases, you might find yourself needing a backup pair of hearing aids. So if you’ve got an old pair collecting dust, ask us whether they will serve temporarily. We might even have some we can loan you while you are waiting.
Get Help With Your Hearing Aids Right Away
If your hearing aids are beginning to fade, the audio quality is starting to fail, it’s important to have it repaired.
That’s because you really want to eliminate any downtime. Your overall health and your mental health are affected by neglected hearing loss. An even more significant worry is that your hearing will diminish as your hearing aids sit ignored in a drawer.
The best way to keep your hearing healthy is to keep those hearing aids functioning. And the best way to do that is to keep them clean, charge them, and, when necessary, take your hearing aids to get some professional help.