Difficulty hearing? Here’s how you can know if your hearing aids need maintenance.
You take good care of your hearing aids. You baby them. Cleaning them daily, you make certain they are snug on their charger when you go to sleep.
That’s why it’s so discouraging that, abruptly and distressingly, your hearing aids are no longer working the way they should. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to troubleshoot the issue. Keep in mind: your number one job is to avoid damaging your hearing aid further (otherwise replacing them could be necessary).
Your Hearing Aid Might Need Troubleshooting
Every model of hearing aid is different so use your owner manual for troubleshooting and maintenance. On most models, these things can be checked:
- Wax buildup: Perform a visual check of your hearing aid to ensure that there is no wax buildup interfering with standard functionality. Even if you undertake routine cleaning, occasionally wax can accumulate rapidly, so it’s worth checking this off your list.
- Examine your battery: Always check your battery level even if you’re sure your hearing aid sat on the charger all night. Even rechargeable batteries have to be replaced sooner or later and sometimes you may not have them fully inserted.
- Keep your microphone clear: Look for anything blocking the microphone of your hearing aid. A blocked microphone can create feedback or can cause your hearing aids to sound silent or broken.
- 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 an indicator of additional damage.
Each of these problems will have a unique solution so consult your owner’s manual. In some cases, you may be capable of performing maintenance yourself. (But, once again, consult the instructions.)
Does my Hearing Aid Need servicing – How do I Know?
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 might not always seem appealing, let’s be honest, you rely on your hearing aid for daily communication (not to mention dinners with your family, keeping up to date with your favorite Netflix shows, etc).
However, it’s worth pointing out that “repair” doesn’t always mean you need to “send your hearing aid out” for service and wait several weeks. Sometimes, we can fix it 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 in a matter of minutes or hours (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 is not possible. A backup pair could be required in those situations. An old pair may be able to do a decent job as a backup so if you have an old pair, bring them in with you. We might even have a pair we can loan you while you wait.
Don’t Put Off Getting Help With Your Hearing Aids
It’s necessary to get your hearing aids repaired as soon as you notice any falter or fading of the sound quality.
That’s because you want to eliminate any downtime. Your overall health and your mental health are affected by untreated hearing loss. Moreover, once your hearing aids are left 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 working at their highest quality. And the best way to do that is to clean them, charge them, and, when needed, take your hearing aids to get some professional assistance.