Try This if You Are Having Trouble With Your Hearing Aids

Man and his wife using tips to fix his hearing aids.

We usually only notice technology the most when it isn’t working. With hearing aids that’s particularly true: To the majority of people who use them, hearing aids are more than just a piece of technology; they’re a vital lifeline to the rest of society.

It’s both emotionally and physiologically essential to come up with solutions for broken hearing aids as quickly as possible. Whether you’ve been using your hearing aids for a week, a year, or decades, troubleshooting can be a high-stakes, frustrating process. But if you want to get your hearing aid working properly again there are some simple steps you can take.

Before Trouble Occurs Take Protective Measures

Hearing aids are no exception to the rule, like any other piece of technology, they require routine maintenance. Despite the fact that the casing may appear simple and robust, the electronics inside can be extremely sophisticated.

Due to this you have to keep them well maintained. While you’re wearing your hearing aids, there are some things you can do that will make taking care of them easier.

Keeping Your Hearing Aids Clean is a Must

Your ears naturally and normally produce a certain amount of wax every day. And, the ear wax is, to a certain extent good for your ears. But your hearing aids don’t do as well with it. Keeping your hearing aids clear and clean of wax can help improve the longevity of the devices. The fact is that most hearing aids will have a built-in wax filter that should also be cleaned periodically.

Moisture is The Enemy of Hearing Aids

Electronics and moisture don’t do well together. The effectiveness of your hearing aids can be compromised, in spite of the best protection technology available, if it is continuously exposed to moisture.

This Means using your hearing aids in the pool or shower is a bad idea. Also, if your hearing aids do get wet, dry them with a towel; heat from a hairdryer, as an example, can harm your hearing aids.

Schedule an Appointment With Professional Cleaners

Hearing aids require specialized cleaning as they are delicate, expensive technology. A specialized cleaner can better accomplish certain things that you can’t, even if you’re pretty rigorous about your cleaning routines.

That’s why it’s recommended you bring your hearing aids in to be cleaned every 4-6 months.

How to Troubleshoot Existing Issues

Even if your hearing aids are currently working, you will still need to take preventative steps. You’re most likely more interested in quick fixes if your having problems with your hearing aids not working anymore.

If your hearing aids aren’t functioning correctly, try one of the following steps:

  • Replace your power source or battery, even if your batteries are rechargeable.
  • Inspect your hearing aid for debris or wax accumulate. Carefully clear away any wax or debris you may notice.
  • Change the settings or toggle between programs. How you deal with it will depend on the model because they’re all different in this way.
  • Examine your own ears. Sound from your hearing aid might be blocked by earwax buildup.
  • Adjust the volume. This can be done via a remote or manually with the dial on the hearing aid. If your hearing aid has both options, try doing both.
  • Look for corrosion or loose wiring in the battery compartment. If you find corrosion, you can attempt to carefully clean it away, but considerable damage will need to be repaired professionally.
  • Inspect your hearing aids for blemishes, cracks or other visible signs of damage. Your hearing aid may need to be repaired if you notice any of this type of damage.
  • Cycle the device power (turn it off and turn it back on). This will correct the problem in certain cases.

If none of these steps address your hearing aid troubles, it’s likely that you’ll have to get the device fixed professionally in order to return it to peak operating condition.

What if That Doesn’t Help My Hearing Aids?

You will most likely have two choices if you’ve tried to troubleshoot your hearing aid and it still won’t work: either send the hearing aids in for repair or purchase a new set of hearing aids. Which choice works best for you will vary depending on your circumstances, how old your hearing aids are, and other factors.

If your hearing aids aren’t working properly right now, take the time to try some troubleshooting. A conversation with your hearing professional to find a solution is the next step if that doesn’t work. To find a solution schedule an appointment today.

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