Hearing Aid Maintenance and Repairs
Hearing aid wearers are greatly dependent on these devices and it’s a major problem when they aren’t working. Hearing aids help their wearers maintain a high quality of life, keep them engaged in conversations with family and friends, and enable them to function in the outside world.
While there are numerous reputable hearing aid repair shops, there are many ways that wearers can make their own repairs and conduct preventative maintenance. Here are some of these methods and maintenance steps.
Maintaining your hearing aid
Hearing aids should be cleaned and maintained at home, which also enables you to notice if any of the components aren’t working properly or are malfunctioning. In the event your hearing aids aren’t working like they should, there is a myriad of quick tips and tricks you can try to troubleshoot at home before heading into your audiologist’s office.
Your hearing aid isn’t making a sound
- Make sure that the hearing aid is actually turned on. Seems like a simple issue, but hearing aids can be accidently switched off or might be turned off intentionally and forgotten about.
- Make sure that the battery is inserted correctly. Hearing aids are advanced pieces of technology, it’s important to have all the pieces in the proper places.
- If the battery isn’t placed the wrong way, check to make sure it isn’t dead. Try inserting a fresh battery into the device.
- The hearing aid and assorted parts are blocked with earwax. Check the earmolds, domes and tubing for blockages and clean them.
Your hearing aid isn’t loud enough
- The volume has been turned down, either accidentally or on purpose, and forgotten about. Adjust your volume settings if possible.
- Your hearing aid batteries might be low. Try switching it out with a fresh pair to see if this helps the volume issue.
- Hearing aids, earmolds, slim tubes or domes are inserted improperly. Perform cleaning of earmolds or domes with provided cleaning tools. Use cleaning pin to remove earwax from slim tubes.
Your hearing aid is whistling or sound is distorted
- Your hand or clothing might be too close to your ear. Move any articles of clothing, accessories or body parts away from the hearing aid to see if it improves.
- Your hearing aid battery may be running low. Try replacing it with a new one to see if it improves the sound.
- Your hearing aid or its components are not inserted properly. Remove and reinsert.
Hearing aid basic care
Your hearing aid is an incredibly important and large investment, which means you want to take proper care of it. While all hearing aids fall victim to the aging process, following the tips below can help you maintain or even extend the life of your devices!
- Keep your hearing aid clean: Hearing aids are small devices with numerous components that can become clogged and blocked by earwax, dirt, and debris. Because of this, it is important to clean your hearing aid every day with a clean, dry cloth or tissue.
- Keep your ears clean: Keeping your hearing device clean is only one part of the necessary daily maintenance. You must also keep your ears clean. The main culprit is earwax. Earwax should be removed daily with a washcloth. If your earwax has become so compacted that you are unable to clean it out, contact your hearing specialist for advice and counsel.
- Keep your hearing aids dry: The leading cause of hearing aid repair is the need to remove excessive moisture. Moisture accumulates during the day, so it is necessary to make sure that the hearing aid is allowed to dry at night when it is removed. When the device’s use is done for the day, remove the hearing aid, open the battery compartment, remove the battery, and keep the compartment open. This gives the compartment time to dry out overnight.
In the event you follow all of these recommendations and your device still isn’t working, visit your audiologist to see if your hearing aid needs repairs. Many audiologists are able to complete hearing aid repairs in office, shortening the time you will be without it!