When technology stops working properly, that’s when we usually notice it most. With hearing aids that’s particularly true: Hearing aids are a vital lifeline to the rest of the world for people who use them not just a piece of technology.
So discovering solutions for a malfunctioning hearing aid, and finding those solutions as quickly as possible, is vital for both physiological and emotional reasons. Troubleshooting can be a difficult, 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 correctly again there are some simple measures you can take.
Preventing Trouble Before it Occurs
Any complex piece of technology involves upkeep, and hearing aids are no different. Although the casing might look simple and robust, the electronics inside can be incredibly sophisticated.
As a result of this you have to keep them well maintained. As you’re wearing your hearing aids, there are a few things you can do that will make taking care of them simpler.
Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean
Your ears normally and naturally produce a certain amount of wax every day. And, the ear wax is, to a certain extent good 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 clean and clear of wax. In fact, most hearing aids will come with 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. And despite the best protection technology can produce, repeated exposure to moisture can eventually wear out the internal electronics of your hearing aids, diminishing their effectiveness.
This means that you shouldn’t use your hearing aids in the shower or while in the pool. Also, if your hearing aids do become wet, towel-dry them; heat from a hairdryer, as an example, can damage your hearing aids.
Schedule Time With Professional Cleaners
Hearing aids are delicate (and commonly expensive) technology, and as such, they call for 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.
That’s why it’s recommended you take your hearing aids in to be cleaned every 4-6 months.
How to Troubleshoot Existing Issues
Preventative steps are crucial if your hearing aids are currently functioning correctly. 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 functioning properly, try one of the following steps:
- Replace your battery or power source, even if your batteries are rechargeable.
- Turn your hearing aid of then back on. In some cases, this will correct the problem.
- Inspect the battery compartment. Look for corrosion or loose wiring. Any extensive damage will need to be repaired by a professional but you can try cleaning off any corrosion you find.
- Inspect your hearing aids for noticeable signs of damage, such as blemishes or cracks. Your hearing aid may need to be repaired if you find any of this kind of damage.
- Adjust the volume. There will be either a volume wheel on the hearing aid or a remote you can use to do this. If your hearing aid has both options, try both ways.
- Examine your own ears. It’s possible that earwax buildup in your ear canal is interfering with the sound from your hearing aid.
- Check your hearing aid for debris or wax accumulate. Carefully clear away any debris or wax you might discover.
- Adjust the settings or switch between programs. How you respond will depend on the model because each one is different in this way.
It’s likely that you will have to have the device fixed professionally if you want it back to peak performance if none of these tips help.
What if That Doesn’t Help My Hearing Aids?
You will likely have two choices if you’ve tried to troubleshoot your hearing aid and it still doesn’t work: you either have to get a new set or send them in for service. Which choice works best for you will depend on your circumstances, the age of your hearing aids, and other variables.
Take the time to troubleshoot your hearing aids if they aren’t working well. A discussion with your hearing professional to determine a solution is the next step if that doesn’t work. To find a solution schedule your appointment right away.