If you have hearing aids but you’re still having difficulty hearing, your hearing aids might need professional maintenance.
You take care of your hearing aids. You’re really careful with your hearing aids. You charge them nightly and clean them every day.
That’s why it’s so discouraging that, abruptly and distressingly, your hearing aids are no longer working the way they should. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to resolve the problem. Just remember: avoiding damage is your first task (or you may have to replace them).
Your Hearing Aid Might Need Troubleshooting
Make sure you consult your owner’s manual when performing maintenance and troubleshooting as every model of hearing aid can be a bit different. On most models, these things can be checked:
- Check for noticeable damage: Check if there are any noticeable loose components or cracks around the shell of your hearing aid. Cracks, clearly, could indicate more substantial damage (or allow).
- Wax buildup: Perform a visual examination of your hearing aid to ensure that there is no wax accumulation interfering with ordinary functionality. Even if you undertake routine cleaning, sometimes wax can accumulate quickly, so it’s worth checking this off your list.
- Keep your microphone clear:On occasion, the microphone can be obstructed. Your hearing aid can sound broken or silent or have feedback if the microphone is obstructed.
- Check your battery: Even if you know your hearing aids charged all night, you’ll want to double-check the battery level. Even rechargeable batteries have to be replaced sooner or later and sometimes you might not have them inserted fully.
Again, check your owner’s manual on how you might approach each of these problems. In certain cases, you might be capable of performing maintenance on your own. (Your owner’s manual is the best place to start.)
Does my Hearing Aid Need Repair – How do I Know?
Your hearing aid will most likely require professional repair if you continue to have problems with it after doing these basic maintenance duties. Because you depend on your hearing aids for all of your everyday conversations and social activities, this probably doesn’t sound very appealing.
But it’s beneficial to recognize that repair doesn’t always imply sending your hearing aid away. In some cases, 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 is why it’s a smart idea to bring your hearing aid in so we can determine the damage).
There are still some circumstances where same day repair is not possible. And on those occasions, you could find yourself needing a backup pair of hearing aids. An old pair might be able to do a decent job as a backup so if you have an old pair, bring them in with you. There may even be a loaner pair at our office that we can loan you until yours come back.
Don’t Put Off Getting Help For Your Hearing Aids
If your hearing aids are beginning to fade, the sound quality is starting to fail, it’s important to have it repaired.
That’s because you really want to eliminate any downtime. Untreated hearing loss can influence your total health, and that includes your mental health. More to the point, once your hearing aids are left in a box somewhere, it’s way too easy to pretend they don’t exist, all the while, your hearing grows worse and worse.
The best way to keep your hearing healthy is to keep those hearing aids working. Keeping them charged and clean and if necessary, bringing them in for maintenance is the easiest way to do that.