Difficulty hearing? Here’s how to know if your hearing aids need maintenance.
You take good care of your hearing aids. You baby them. Cleaning them every day, you make certain they are snug on their charger when you go to sleep.
That’s why it’s so irritating that, suddenly and distressingly, your hearing aids aren’t working properly. The good news is, troubleshooting the problem is fairly straight forward. Keep in mind: preventing damage is your number one task (or you may have to replace them).
Your Hearing Aid Might Need Troubleshooting
Always consult with your owner’s manual when performing maintenance and troubleshooting because every model of hearing aid can be a bit different. Here are a few things you can check on most models:
- Look for noticeable damage: Check if there are any noticeable cracks or loose components around the shell of your hearing aid. Cracks could allow moisture in and may be an indicator of additional damage.
- Check your battery: Even if you know your hearing aids charged all night, you’ll want to double-check the battery power. Even rechargeable batteries have to be replaced eventually and sometimes you might not have them fully inserted.
- Keep your microphone clear:Sometimes, the microphone can be blocked. An obstructed microphone can cause feedback or can make your hearing aid sound broken or silent.
- Wax accumulation: Perform a visual check of your hearing aid to ensure that there is no wax buildup preventing standard operation. Even if you perform regular cleaning, occasionally wax can accumulate rapidly, so it’s worth ticking this off your list.
Again, consult your owner’s manual on how you might address each of these issues. Self maintenance will be a possibility in certain cases. (Your owner’s manual is the best place to start.)
Does my Hearing Aid Need servicing – How Can I Tell?
If your hearing aid keeps malfunctioning after you have performed basic maintenance and troubleshooting, it’s probable that your hearing aid will require professional repair. That may not always seem appealing, after all, you rely on your hearing aid for everyday communication (not to mention dinners with your family, staying current with your favorite Netflix shows, and so on).
But it’s important to recognize that repair doesn’t always mean sending your hearing aid out for repair. There are some circumstances where it can be fixed in shop while you wait.
That means, in some instances, you’ll be able to bring your hearing aids in for professional maintenance and have them back in a matter of minutes or hours (this, of course, depends on the scope of the damage, which is all the more reason to bring it in for repair as soon as possible).
Not all scenarios can be fixed in house though. And on those occasions, you could find yourself in need of a backup pair of hearing aids. So if you’ve got an old pair lying around, ask us whether they will serve on a temporary basis. We may even have some we can loan you while you wait.
Don’t Put Off Getting Help For Your Hearing Aids
It’s necessary to get your hearing aids serviced as soon as you notice any falter or fading of the audio quality.
If you do this you will be more likely to prevent any downtime. Your overall health and your mental health are impacted by neglected hearing loss. More to the point, once your hearing aids are left in a box somewhere, it’s all 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 working at their highest quality. Keeping them charged and clean and if necessary, bringing them in for service is the easiest way to do that.