How do I Recognize if my Hearing Aid Requires Professional Repair?

Woman getting her hearing aid repaired while she waits.

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

You take good care of your hearing aids. You’re extremely careful with your hearing aids. Cleaning them on a daily basis, you make sure they are snug on their charger when you go to sleep.

That’s why it’s so discouraging that, abruptly and distressingly, your hearing aids aren’t working properly. The good news is, troubleshooting the issue is pretty easy. Keep in mind: your number one job is to avoid damaging your hearing aid further (or you might 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. On most models, these things can be checked:

  • Check for visible damage: Check to see if there are any noticeable cracks or loose components around the shell of your hearing aid. Cracks, obviously, could indicate more significant damage (or allow).
  • Keep your microphone clear:On occasion, the microphone can be blocked. An obstructed microphone can create feedback or can cause your hearing aids to sound broken or silent.
  • Wax buildup: Inspect for wax buildup which could be impeding the normal functionality of your hearing aids. Even if you do regular cleaning, occasionally wax can accumulate quickly, so it’s worth checking this off your list.
  • Check your battery: Always double check your battery power even if you’re sure your hearing aid charged all night. Even rechargeable batteries need to be replaced sooner or later and sometimes you might not have them inserted fully.

Again, consult your owner’s manual on how you should approach each of these issues. Self maintenance will be possible in some cases. (But, once again, read the instructions.)

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

If your hearing aid continues to malfunction after you have done basic maintenance and troubleshooting, it’s probable that your hearing aid will need to be professionally repaired. That might not always seem appealing, let’s be honest, you rely on your hearing aid for everyday communication (not to mention dinners with your family, staying current with your favorite Netflix shows, and so on).

However, it’s worth pointing out that “repair” doesn’t always translate into “send your hearing aid out” for service and wait a few weeks. There are some scenarios where it can be fixed in shop while you wait.

That means, in some instances, you’ll be able to bring your hearing aids in for professional help and have them back in a matter of minutes or hours (this is the reason why it’s a good idea to bring your hearing aid in so we can ascertain the damage).

There are still some circumstances where same day repair is not possible. And in those cases, you might find yourself in need of a backup pair of hearing aids. So if you have an old pair collecting dust, ask us whether they will serve temporarily. We might even have a pair we can let you use while you are waiting.

Don’t Put Off Getting Help With Your Hearing Aids

If your hearing aids are beginning to fade, the audio quality is starting to fail, it’s essential to have it repaired.

If you do this you will be more likely to eliminate any downtime. Your overall health and your mental health are impacted by neglected hearing loss. More to the point, once your hearing aids are left in a box somewhere, it’s way too easy to pretend they don’t exist, even as, your hearing progressively worsens.

The ideal way to keep your hearing healthy is to keep those hearing aids working. And the best way to do that is to keep them clean, keep them charged, and, when necessary, take your hearing aids to get some professional help.

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.