If you have hearing aids but you’re still having difficulty hearing, your hearing aids may need professional maintenance.
You take good care of your hearing aids. You’re very careful with your hearing aids. You charge them each night and clean them every day.
That’s why it’s so irritating that, abruptly and distressingly, your hearing aids aren’t working properly. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to resolve the issue. Keep in mind: preventing damage is your first job (or you might have to replace them).
Your Hearing Aid Might Need Troubleshooting
Every design of hearing aid is different so use your owner manual for troubleshooting and maintenance. Here are a few things you can check on most models:
- Wax accumulation: Inspect for wax buildup which could be impeding the standard operation of your hearing aids. Wax accumulates rapidly so even if you have a routine cleaning schedule you still need to check for this.
- Check 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 significant damage (or allow).
- Keep your microphone clear: Look for anything obstructing the microphone of your hearing aid. Your hearing aid will sound silent or broken or have feedback if the microphone is blocked.
- Check your battery: Always check your battery level even if you are certain your hearing aid sat on the charger all night. If your hearing aid has replaceable batteries, it may not be a bad idea to check if those batteries are in correctly or if a new one solves the problem.
Again, consult your owner’s manual on how you should tackle each of these issues. In some cases, you may be capable of performing maintenance on your own. (But, again, consult the instructions.)
When Does my Hearing Aid Need Servicing?
Your hearing aid will most likely require professional servicing if you keep having issues with it after performing these basic maintenance tasks. That might not always sound appealing, after all, you rely on your hearing aid for everyday communication (along with dinners with your family, keeping up to date with your favorite Netflix series, etc).
But it’s essential to recognize that repair doesn’t always imply sending your hearing aid out for repair. Sometimes, we can repair it while you wait.
Meaning, in some instances, you’ll be capable of bringing your hearing aids in for professional help and get them back within a few minutes or hours (this is why it’s a smart idea to bring your hearing aid in so we can determine the damage).
There are still some cases where same day repair is not possible. And on those occasions, you could 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 some we can loan you while you wait.
Get Help With Your Hearing Aids As Soon as Possible
If your hearing aids are starting to fade, the audio quality is beginning to falter, it’s essential to have it repaired.
That’s because you hope to eliminate any downtime. Neglected hearing loss can influence your overall health, including 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, even as, your hearing grows worse and worse.
The best way to keep your hearing healthy is to keep your hearing aids functioning. And the easiest way to do that is to keep them clean, charge them, and, when necessary, take your hearing aids to get some professional help.