If you have hearing aids but you’re still having problems hearing, your hearing aids may require professional maintenance.
You take good care of your hearing aids. You baby them. Cleaning them on a daily basis, you make certain they are snug on their charger when you go to bed.
But you can’t figure out why your hearing aids aren’t working efficiently and it’s very annoying. Luckily, troubleshooting the problem is pretty easy. Keep in mind: avoiding damage is your first task (or you might have to replace them).
Your Hearing Aid Might Need Troubleshooting
Make sure you consult with your owner’s manual when doing upkeep and troubleshooting because every model of hearing aid can be a bit different. On most models, these things can be checked:
- Keep your microphone clear:On occasion, the microphone can be blocked. A blocked microphone can create feedback or can cause your hearing aids to sound silent or broken.
- Examine your battery: Always check your battery level even if you’re certain 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 inserted fully.
- Wax buildup: Do a visual examination of your hearing aid to ensure that there is no wax accumulation preventing normal functionality. Wax builds up rapidly so even if you have a routine cleaning schedule you still need to pay attention to this.
- Look for noticeable damage: Check to see if there are any noticeable loose components or cracks around the shell of your hearing aid. Cracks, clearly, could indicate more extensive damage (or allow).
Each of these problems will have a unique strategy so check your owner’s manual. In certain cases, you might be able to perform maintenance on your own. (Your owner’s manual is the best place to begin.)
Does my Hearing Aid Need servicing – How do I Know?
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. That might not always sound appealing, let’s be honest, you depend on your hearing aid for everyday communication (along with dinners with your family, keeping up to date with your favorite Netflix series, and so on).
But it’s important to understand that repair doesn’t always mean sending your hearing aid out for repair. Sometimes, we can repair it while you wait.
So in those situations, you will be able to get your hearing aid back before the day’s end (this is why it’s a smart idea to bring your hearing aid to us so we can assess the damage).
There are still some circumstances where such rapid repair isn’t possible. A backup pair might be necessary in those cases. An old pair may be able to do an adequate job as a backup so bring them in with you if you have a pair. We may even have a pair we can let you use while you wait.
Get Help With Your Hearing Aids Sooner Rather Than Later
If the hearing aids are starting to fade, the sound quality is beginning to falter, it’s crucial to have it repaired.
That’s because you want to eliminate any downtime. Your overall health and your mental health are impacted by neglected hearing loss. Moreover, once your hearing aids are ignored in a box somewhere, it’s way too easy to pretend they don’t exist, even as, your hearing progressively worsens.
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 best way to do that.