We tend to notice technology the most when it stops working. That’s particularly true with hearing aids: Hearing aids are an essential lifeline to the rest of the world for people who use them not just a piece of technology.
So discovering solutions for a malfunctioning hearing aid, and finding those solutions as quickly as possible, is vital for both physiological and emotional reasons. Troubleshooting can be a frustrating, risky process whether you’ve been using them for a week, a year, or decades. But there are some reasonably easy strategies you can try to get your hearing aid working properly again.
Before Trouble Occurs Take Preventative Measures
Any complex piece of technology requires maintenance, and hearing aids are no exception. Although the casing may look simple and robust, the electronics inside can be extremely sophisticated.
As a result of this you have to keep them well maintained. There are a few easy ways you can make sure to take care of your hearing aids as you’re using them.
Keeping Your Hearing Aids Clean is a Must
Each day, a certain amount of wax is naturally and normally produced by your ears. And, to some degree, that earwax is helpful for your ears. But your hearing aids don’t do as well with it. Keeping your hearing aids clean and clear of wax buildup can help improve the life of the devices. In fact, a built-in wax filter comes standard with most hearing aids that should also be cleaned periodically.
Moisture is The Enemy of Hearing Aids
Electronics and moisture don’t do well together. The performance of your hearing aids can be jeopardized, despite the best protection technology available, if it is continually exposed to moisture.
This means that you should not use your hearing aids in the shower or while in the pool. Additionally, if your hearing aids do get wet, towel-dry them; heat from a hairdryer, as an example, can damage your hearing aids.
Make an Appointment With Professional Cleaners
Hearing aids need specialized cleaning since they are delicate, expensive technology. Even if you’re fairly thorough about your own cleaning routines, there are just some things that can be better achieved by a specialized cleaner.
That’s why it’s suggested that you bring your hearing aids in to be cleaned every 4-6 months.
Troubleshooting Issues That Are Already Happening
Even if your hearing aids are presently working, you will still need to take preventative steps. You’re most likely more interested in quick fixes if your experiencing problems with your hearing aids not working anymore.
If your hearing aids aren’t working properly, try one of the following steps:
- Change out your battery or power source, even if your batteries are rechargeable.
- Inspect the battery compartment. Look for corrosion or loose wiring. Any significant damage will have to be repaired by a professional but you can try cleaning off any corrosion you find.
- Look over your hearing aids for blemishes, cracks or other visible signs of damage. Such damage could mean the hearing aid needs to be repaired.
- Examine your own ears. It’s possible that earwax buildup in your ear canal is interfering with the sound from your hearing aid.
- Inspect your hearing aid for wax or debris build up. Gently wipe away any wax or debris you may find.
- Adjust the volume. This can be done with a remote or manually via the dial on the hearing aid. If your hearing aid has both options, try both ways.
- Change the settings or switch between programs. How you respond will depend on the model because each one is different in this way.
- Reboot the device (turn it off and turn it back on). In some cases, this will fix the issue.
It’s likely that you will need to have the device fixed professionally if you want it back to original performance if none of these tips help.
What if That Doesn’t Help My Hearing Aids?
You will likely have two choices if you’ve tried to troubleshoot your hearing aid and it still doesn’t work: you either have to purchase a new pair or send them in for repair. The age of your hearing aids, your personal circumstances, and other variables will establish which choice will work best for you.
Take the time to troubleshoot your hearing aids if they aren’t working properly. A discussion with your hearing professional to determine a solution is the next thing you should do if that doesn’t help. To find a solution make an appointment today.