If you have hearing aids but you’re still having problems hearing, your hearing aids may require professional repair.
You take good care of your hearing aids. You baby them. You charge them every night and clean them daily.
But you can’t figure out why your hearing aids aren’t functioning effectively and it’s very frustrating. Luckily, troubleshooting the problem is fairly simple. Keep in mind: your number one job is to avoid damaging your hearing aid further (or else replacing them may be necessary).
Your Hearing Aid Might Need Troubleshooting
Always consult your owner’s manual when doing upkeep and troubleshooting as every model of hearing aid can be somewhat different. On most models, these things can be checked:
- Check your battery: Always check your battery level even if you’re sure your hearing aid sat on the charger all night. If your hearing aid has changeable batteries, it might be a good idea to check if those batteries are in correctly or if a new one solves the problem.
- Look for noticeable damage: Cracks or loose components may occur around the shell of your hearing aids so don’t forget to check for that. Cracks could let moisture in and may be a sign of further damage.
- Wax buildup: Check for wax buildup which could be impeding the standard functionality of your hearing aids. Wax accumulates quickly so even if you have a routine cleaning schedule you still need to pay attention to this.
- Keep your microphone clear:Sometimes, the microphone can be blocked. Your hearing aid might sound silent or broken or have feedback if the microphone is obstructed.
Again, consult your owner’s manual on how you might tackle each of these problems. In certain cases, you may be able to perform maintenance yourself. (But, again, read the instructions.)
Does my Hearing Aid require servicing – How Can I Tell?
Your hearing aid will probably require professional servicing if you continue to have issues with it after performing these basic maintenance duties. That may not always seem appealing, after all, you rely on your hearing aid for daily communication (not to mention dinners with your family, keeping up to date with your favorite Netflix series, and so on).
However, it’s worth mentioning that “repair” doesn’t always translate into “send your hearing aid out” for service and wait a number of weeks. Sometimes, we can repair it while you wait.
So in those situations, you will be able to get your hearing aid back in the same day (this, of course, depends on the severity of the damage, that’s all the more reason to bring your devices in for repair as soon as you can).
Not all scenarios can be addressed in house though. And on those occasions, you may find yourself needing a backup pair of hearing aids. So if you have an old pair lying around, ask us whether they will work temporarily. We might even have a pair we can let you use while you are waiting.
Don’t Wait to Get Help With Your Hearing Aids
If the hearing aids are starting to fade, the sound quality is starting to falter, it’s essential to get it repaired.
If you do this you will be more likely to prevent any downtime. Neglected hearing loss can affect your overall health, and that includes your mental health. An even more serious concern is that your hearing will get worse as your hearing aids sit ignored in a drawer.
The ideal way to keep your hearing healthy is to keep your hearing aids working. Keeping them clean and charged and if necessary, taking them in for service is the easiest way to do that.