How Can I Know if my Hearing Aid Needs Professional Repair?

Woman getting her hearing aid repaired while she waits.

If you have hearing aids but you’re still having problems hearing, your hearing aids may need professional maintenance.

You take good care of your hearing aids. You’re extremely careful with your hearing aids. You charge them each night and clean them every day.

But you can’t figure out why your hearing aids aren’t functioning efficiently and it’s very frustrating. The good news is, troubleshooting the problem is fairly simple. Keep in mind: your number one job is to avoid damaging your hearing aid further (or you may need to replace them).

Your Hearing Aid Might Need Troubleshooting

Every model of hearing aid is different so use your owner manual for troubleshooting and maintenance. Here are some things you can check on most models:

  • Look for visible damage: Check if there are any noticeable loose components or cracks around the shell of your hearing aid. Cracks, obviously, could reveal more significant damage (or allow).
  • Wax accumulation: Check for wax accumulation which could be impeding the standard functionality of your hearing aids. Wax builds up rapidly so even if you have a routine cleaning schedule you still need to check for this.
  • Keep your microphone clear:Sometimes, the microphone can be obstructed. A blocked microphone can create feedback or can cause your hearing aids to sound broken or silent.
  • Examine your battery: Even if you’re sure your hearing aids spent the night on the charger, you’ll want to double-check the battery power. If your hearing aid has replaceable batteries, it might be a good idea to check if those batteries are in correctly or if a new one fixes the issue.

Again, consult your owner’s manual on how you should tackle each of these problems. Self maintenance will be a possibility in certain cases. (But, once again, read the instructions.)

Does my Hearing Aid Need Repair – How do I Know?

Your hearing aid will most likely require professional repair if you keep having problems with it after carrying out these basic maintenance tasks. Because you depend on your hearing aids for all of your basic conversations and social activities, this probably doesn’t sound very attractive.

But it’s beneficial to recognize that repair doesn’t always imply sending your hearing aid away. There are some situations where it can be fixed in shop while you wait.

So in those cases, you will be able to get your hearing aid back before the day’s end (this is why it’s a smart idea to bring your hearing aid to us so we can assess the damage).

There are still some cases where such rapid repair isn’t possible. A backup pair might be necessary in those situations. An old pair might be able to do an adequate job as a backup so if you have an old pair, bring them in with you. There might even be a loaner set at our office that you can use until you get yours back.

Don’t Wait to Get Help For Your Hearing Aids

It’s crucial to get your hearing aids repaired as soon as you detect any falter or fading of the audio quality.

That’s because you hope to avoid any downtime. Your overall health and your mental health are impacted by neglected hearing loss. An even more serious concern is that your hearing will diminish as your hearing aids sit ignored in a drawer.

The best way to keep your hearing healthy is to keep your hearing aids working. Keeping them charged and clean and if necessary, taking them in for service is the easiest way to do that.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.