If you use hearing aids but you’re still having difficulty hearing, your hearing aids might require professional repair.
You take 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 bed.
That’s why it’s so annoying that, abruptly and distressingly, your hearing aids are no longer working the way they should. Luckily, troubleshooting the problem is pretty straight forward. Just remember: avoiding damage is your number one task (or you might have to replace them).
Troubleshooting Your Hearing Aid
Make sure you consult your owner’s manual when performing upkeep and troubleshooting as every model of hearing aid can be somewhat different. On most models, these things can be checked:
- Look for noticeable damage: Loose components or cracks may develop around the shell of your hearing aids so don’t forget to inspect for that. Cracks, obviously, could reveal more extensive damage (or allow).
- Check your battery: Always check your battery level even if you are certain your hearing aid charged all night. Even rechargeable batteries need to be replaced sooner or later and sometimes you may not have them fully inserted.
- Wax buildup: Do a visual inspection of your hearing aid to ensure that there is no wax accumulation preventing standard functionality. Wax builds up quickly so even if you have a regular cleaning schedule you still need to pay attention to this.
- Keep your microphone clear:On occasion, the microphone can be obstructed. An obstructed microphone can cause feedback or can make your hearing aid sound silent or broken.
Each of these problems will have its own strategy so check your owner’s manual. In some cases, you might be capable of performing maintenance yourself. (But, again, read the instructions.)
Does my Hearing Aid require Repair – How Can I Tell?
Your hearing aid will most likely need professional repair if you continue to have issues with it after performing these basic maintenance duties. That may not always seem appealing, let’s be honest, 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 imply sending your hearing aid out for repair. There are some situations where it can be repaired in shop while you wait.
That means, in some instances, you’ll be able to bring your hearing aids in for professional maintenance and get them back in a matter of 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 you can).
There are still some cases where same day repair is not possible. A backup pair may be necessary in those cases. An old pair may be able to do an adequate job as a backup so if you have an old pair, bring them in with you. We may even have some we can let you use while you are waiting.
Get Assistance With Your Hearing Aids As Soon as Possible
It’s crucial to have your hearing aids serviced as soon as you experience any falter or fading of the sound quality.
If you do this you will be more likely to eliminate any downtime. Your overall health and your mental health are impacted by neglected hearing loss. An even more serious concern is that your hearing will diminish as your hearing aids sit forgotten in a drawer.
The ideal way to keep your hearing healthy is to keep your hearing aids functioning. And the easiest way to do that is to clean them, keep them charged, and, when necessary, take your hearing aids to get some professional assistance.