When technology quits working properly, that’s when we usually notice it the most. That’s especially true with hearing aids: Hearing aids are a crucial lifeline to the rest of society for people who wear them not just a piece of technology.
So finding solutions for a malfunctioning hearing aid, and finding those solutions quickly, is crucial 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 there are some reasonably easy strategies you can try to get your hearing aid working properly again.
Before Trouble Occurs Take Protective Measures
Hearing aids are no exception to the rule, like any other piece of technology, they need regular upkeep. Although the casing might look simple and robust, the electronics inside can be extremely sophisticated.
So this means maintenance is a must. There are a few easy ways you can make certain to take care of your hearing aids as you’re using them.
Keeping Your Hearing Aids Clean is a Must
Your ears normally and naturally generate a certain amount of wax every day. And, to some degree, that earwax is good for your ears. But it’s not so great for your hearing aids. To help improve the life 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 build, consistent exposure to moisture can gradually wear out the internal electronics of your hearing aids, decreasing their performance.
This Means wearing your hearing aids in the shower or while swimming is not a good idea. Also, dry your hearing aids with a towel if they get wet. Don’t use a hair dryer because it can damage them.
Schedule Time With Professional Cleaners
Hearing aids are sensitive (and often expensive) technology, and as such, they call for specialized cleaning practices. A specialized cleaner can better accomplish certain things that you can’t, even if you’re fairly thorough about your cleaning routines.
Every 4-6 months is the suggested time between cleanings.
Troubleshooting Issues That Are Already Happening
Preventative steps are important if your hearing aids are currently working correctly. You’re probably more interested in quick fixes if your having problems with your hearing aids not working anymore.
Try one of the following steps if your hearing aids aren’t functioning correctly:
- Take a good look at your hearing aids for noticeable signs of damage, like cracks or blemishes. Your hearing aid might need to be fixed if you find any of this type of damage.
- 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 for loose wiring or corrosion inside the battery compartment. Any significant damage will need to be repaired by a professional but you can try cleaning away any corrosion you find.
- Adjust the volume. There will either be a volume dial on the hearing aid or a remote you can use to do this. Try to do both if you have both features with your hearing aid.
- Replace your battery or power source, even if your batteries are rechargeable.
- Examine your own ears. It’s possible that earwax accumulation in your ear canal is interfering with the sound from your hearing aid.
- Check your hearing aid for wax or debris build up. If you find any wax accumulation or debris, clear them away.
- Cycle the device power (turn it off and turn it back on). This will correct the issue in some cases.
If none of these measures address your hearing aid problems, it’s likely that you’ll have to have the device repaired professionally in order to return it to peak operating condition.
What if That Doesn’t Help My Hearing Aids?
You will most likely have two choices if you’ve tried to troubleshoot your hearing aid and it still doesn’t work: either send the hearing aids in for service or purchase a new pair of hearing aids. Which choice works best for you will vary depending on your situation, how old your hearing aids are, and other variables.
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 step if that doesn’t help. To find a solution schedule an appointment today.