We tend to notice technology the most when it quits working. With hearing aids that’s particularly true: Hearing aids are a crucial lifeline to the rest of society for people who use them not just a piece of technology.
It’s both emotionally and physiologically important to come up with solutions for malfunctioning hearing aids as quickly as possible. Troubleshooting can be a difficult, risky process whether you’ve been wearing them for a week, a year, or decades. But if you want to get your hearing aid working correctly again there are some simple steps you can take.
Before Problems Happen Take Preventative Measures
Hearing aids are no exception to the rule, like any other piece of technology, they need routine upkeep. Although the casing may appear simple and robust, the electronics inside can be incredibly sophisticated.
Which means maintenance is essential. There are some easy ways you can make certain that your hearing aid is taken care of as you’re wearing them.
Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean
Your ears naturally and normally make a certain amount of wax each day. And, the ear wax is, to a certain extent helpful for your ears. But it’s not so good for your hearing aids. To help improve the longevity of your device keep your hearing aids free and clear of wax. The fact is that 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 mix. And in spite of the best protection technology can produce, repeated exposure to moisture can eventually wear out the internal electronics of your hearing aids, reducing their performance.
This Means using your hearing aids in the shower or while swimming is a bad idea. Also, towel dry your hearing aids if they get wet. Don’t use a hair dryer because it can damage them.
Schedule Time With Professional Cleaners
Hearing aids are delicate (and often expensive) technology, and as such, they call for specialized cleaning practices. Even if you’re fairly rigorous about your own cleaning routines, there are just some things that can be better achieved by a specialized cleaner.
Every 4-6 months is the recommended time between cleanings.
How to Troubleshoot Existing Issues
Even if your hearing aids are presently working, you will still be required to take protective 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 correctly, try one of the following steps:
- Change the settings or toggle between programs. How you deal with it will depend on the model because they’re all different in this regard.
- Look inside the battery compartment. Look for corrosion or loose wiring. Any substantial damage will need to be repaired by a professional but you can attempt to clean away any corrosion you discover.
- Adjust the volume. Sometimes you can do this with a remote or manually via the wheel on the hearing aid. If your hearing aid has both options, try both ways.
- Reboot the device (turn it off and turn it back on). This will fix the issue in certain cases.
- Examine your own ears. Sound from your hearing aid could be blocked by earwax buildup.
- Change out your power source or battery, even if your batteries are rechargeable.
- Take a good look at your hearing aids for obvious signs of damage, such as blemishes or cracks. Such damage could suggest the hearing aid needs to be repaired.
- Check your hearing aid for wax or debris build up. If you notice any wax buildup or debris, clear them away.
It’s likely that you will have to get the device repaired professionally if you want it back to original condition if none of these tips help.
What if That Doesn’t Fix My Hearing Aids?
You will likely have two options if you’ve tried troubleshooting your hearing aid and it still doesn’t work: you either have to get a new pair or send them in for repair. Which option 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 well right now, take the time to try some troubleshooting. A conversation with a hearing professional to find a solution is the next thing you should do if that doesn’t work. Schedule an appointment to find a solution today.