When technology quits working properly, that’s when we tend to notice it most. That’s especially true with hearing aids: Hearing aids are a vital lifeline to the rest of society for people who use them not just a piece of technology.
So finding solutions for a malfunctioning hearing aid, and discovering those solutions quickly, is important 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 if you want to get your hearing aid working properly again there are some simple steps you can take.
Avoiding Trouble Before it Occurs
Hearing aids are no exception to the rule, like any other piece of tech, they need regular upkeep. Even though the casing might appear simple and robust, the electronics inside can be extremely sophisticated.
Because of this you need to keep them well maintained. There are some straight forward ways you can make certain that your hearing aid is taken care of while you’re using them.
Keeping Your Hearing Aids Clean is a Must
Your ears normally and naturally make a certain amount of wax each day. And, the ear wax is, to a certain degree helpful for your ears. But it’s not so good for your hearing aids. Keeping your hearing aids clean and clear of wax can help the longevity of the devices. The fact is that a built-in wax filter comes with most hearing aids that should also be cleaned periodically.
Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry
Moisture and electronics don’t mix well. The performance of your hearing aids can be compromised, despite the best protection technology available, if it is repeatedly exposed to moisture.
This Means wearing your hearing aids in the pool or shower is a bad idea. Additionally, if your hearing aids do get wet, towel-dry them; heat from a hairdryer, as an example, can hurt your hearing aids.
Schedule Time With Professional Cleaners
Hearing aids are delicate (and commonly expensive) technology, and as such, they require specialized cleaning practices. Even if you’re pretty thorough about your own cleaning habits, there are just some things that can be better achieved by a specialized cleaner.
Every 4-6 months is the suggested time between cleanings.
How to Troubleshoot Existing Issues
Even if your hearing aids are currently working, you will still be required to take preventative steps. You’re probably more interested in quick fixes if your experiencing problems with your hearing aids not working anymore.
Try one of the following steps if your hearing aids aren’t functioning correctly:
- Adjust the volume. This can be done via a remote or manually with the wheel on the hearing aid. If your hearing aid has both options, try doing both.
- Adjust the settings or switch between programs. Many hearing aids are different in this respect, so your plan of action will depend on the model you have.
- Check your own ears. Sound from your hearing aid could be blocked by earwax buildup.
- Look for loose wiring or corrosion in the battery compartment. Any substantial damage will have to be repaired by a professional but you can try cleaning away any corrosion you discover.
- Check your hearing aid for wax or debris accumulate. Gently clear away any debris or wax you might find.
- Inspect your hearing aids for blemishes, cracks or other visible signs of damage. Your hearing aid might 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). In certain cases, this will fix the issue.
- Change out your battery or power source, even if your batteries are rechargeable.
If none of these measures 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 Nothing I Try Helps?
When your hearing aids aren’t functioning properly anymore and troubleshooting has not taken care of the issue, you will likely have two options: you either need to get a new pair or send them in for repair. The age of your hearing aids, your personal situation, and other factors will determine which option will work best for you.
Take the time to troubleshoot your hearing aids if they aren’t working correctly. A conversation with a hearing professional to determine a solution is the next thing you should do if that doesn’t work. To find a solution make your appointment right away.