Trouble hearing? Here’s how you can know if your hearing aids need maintenance.
You take care of your hearing aids. You baby them. You charge them nightly and clean them daily.
That’s why it’s so frustrating that, suddenly and distressingly, your hearing aids aren’t working the way they should. Thankfully, there are some steps you can take to resolve the problem. Just remember: your number one task is to avoid damaging your hearing aid further (or you may have to replace them).
Your Hearing Aid Might Need Troubleshooting
Every model of hearing aid is different so use your owner manual for troubleshooting and maintenance. Here are some things you can check on most models:
- Keep your microphone clear: Check for anything blocking the microphone of your hearing aid. Your hearing aid can sound silent or broken or have feedback if the microphone is obstructed.
- Examine your battery: Even if you’re sure your hearing aids charged all night, you’ll want to double-check the battery level. Even rechargeable batteries have to be replaced sooner or later and sometimes you may not have them fully inserted.
- Wax buildup: Check for wax buildup which could be stopping the normal operation of your hearing aids. Even if you undertake regular cleaning, sometimes wax can build up quickly, so it’s worth checking this off your list.
- Check for visible 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 reveal more extensive damage (or allow).
Each of these issues will have its own strategy so consult your owner’s manual. Self maintenance will be possible in some cases. (Your owner’s manual is the best place to start.)
When Does my Hearing Aid Require Repair?
Your hearing aid will most likely require professional servicing if you keep having issues with it after carrying out these basic maintenance duties. That may not always seem appealing, after all, you depend on your hearing aid for daily communication (along with dinners with your family, keeping up to date with your favorite Netflix shows, and so on).
However, it’s worth mentioning that “repair” doesn’t always translate into “mail your hearing aids in” for service and wait a few weeks. In some cases, we can repair it while you wait.
Meaning, in some instances, you’ll be able to bring your hearing aids in for professional help and have them back within a few minutes or hours (this, of course, depends on the severity 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 such rapid repair isn’t possible. A backup pair may be necessary in those cases. An old pair might be able to do a decent job as a backup so if you have an old pair, bring them in with you. There may even be a loaner set at our office that we can loan you until you get yours back.
Get Help With Your Hearing Aids Right Away
It’s essential to get your hearing aids serviced as soon as you notice any falter or fading of the sound quality.
That’s because you really want 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 forgotten in a box somewhere, it’s very 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, bringing them in for service is the best way to do that.