We usually only notice technology the most when it stops working. With hearing aids that’s especially true: To most people who wear them, hearing aids are more than a piece of technology; they’re a crucial lifeline to the rest of the world.
So identifying solutions for a malfunctioning hearing aid, and discovering those solutions quickly, is important for both physiological and emotional reasons. Whether you’ve been wearing your hearing aids for a week, a year, or decades, troubleshooting can be a risky, troublesome process. But if you want to get your hearing aid working correctly again there are some simple measures you can take.
Avoiding Trouble Before it Occurs
Hearing aids are no exception to the rule, like any other piece of tech, they require regular maintenance. Even though the casing might look simple and robust, the electronics inside can be extremely sophisticated.
Because of this you have to keep them well maintained. While you’re using your hearing aids, there are a few things you can do that will make taking care of them easier.
Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean
Your ears naturally and normally generate a certain amount of wax every day. And, the ear wax is, to a certain degree good for your ears. But your hearing aids don’t do as well with it. Keeping your hearing aids clean and clear of wax can improve the life of the devices. The fact is that a built-in wax filter comes standard with most hearing aids that should also be periodically cleaned.
Don’t Let Your Hearing Aids Get Wet
Electronics and moisture don’t do well together. The performance of your hearing aids can be compromised, in spite of the best protection technology available, if it is routinely exposed to moisture.
This means that you shouldn’t wear your hearing aids in the shower or while in the pool. Also, towel dry your hearing aids if they get wet. Don’t use a hair dryer because it can damage them.
Make an Appointment With Professional Cleaners
Hearing aids are delicate (and commonly expensive) technology, and as such, they need specialized cleaning practices. A specialized cleaner can better achieve certain things that you can’t, even if you’re pretty rigorous about your cleaning routines.
Every 4-6 months is the recommended time between cleanings.
Troubleshooting Difficulties That Are Already Happening
Protective steps are essential if your hearing aids are currently working correctly. But if you’re experiencing problems, if your hearing aids aren’t working well anymore, you’re probably more interested in some quick fixes.
Try one of the following steps if your hearing aids aren’t working properly:
- Look for loose wiring or corrosion in the battery compartment. Any substantial damage will have to be fixed by a professional but you can attempt to clean away any corrosion you discover.
- Adjust the volume. This can be done with a remote or manually via the wheel on the hearing aid. If your hearing aid has both options, try doing both.
- Take a good look at your hearing aids for noticeable signs of damage, like blemishes or cracks. Such damage could mean the hearing aid needs to be repaired.
- Change the settings or switch between programs. How you respond will depend on the model because each one is different in this way.
- Inspect your hearing aid for debris or wax build up. If you find any wax buildup or debris, clear them away.
- Examine your own ears. It’s possible that earwax accumulation in your ear canal is interfering with the sound from your hearing aid.
- Even if your batteries are rechargeable they will periodically need to be replaced.
- Turn your hearing aid of then back on. This will fix the issue in some cases.
It’s likely that you will have to have the device repaired by a professional if you want it back to peak performance if none of these tips work.
What if That Doesn’t Help My Hearing Aids?
When your hearing aids aren’t working well anymore and troubleshooting has not resolved the issue, you will likely have two choices: either send the hearing aids in for repair or buy a new set of hearing aids. Which option works better for you will depend on your situation, the age of your hearing aids, and other variables.
Take the time to troubleshoot your hearing aids if they aren’t working correctly. If that doesn’t work, you can move on to the next steps, including a discussion with your hearing specialist to determine a solution. Make an appointment to find a solution today.