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Difficulty hearing? Here’s how to know if your hearing aids require repair.

You take care of your hearing aids. You baby them. Cleaning them every day, you make sure they are snug on their charger when you go to bed.

But you can’t understand why your hearing aids aren’t functioning efficiently and it’s very annoying. The good news is, troubleshooting the problem is pretty simple. Keep in mind: avoiding damage is your number one job (or you might need to get new ones).

Your Hearing Aid Might Need Troubleshooting

Every design of hearing aid is different so make use of your owner manual for troubleshooting and maintenance. On most models, these things can be checked:

  • Keep your microphone clear: Look for anything blocking the microphone of your hearing aid. An obstructed microphone can create feedback or can make your hearing aid sound broken or silent.
  • Wax accumulation: Do a visual examination of your hearing aid to ensure that there is no wax accumulation interfering with ordinary operation. Wax accumulates rapidly so even if you have a routine cleaning schedule you still need to pay attention to this.
  • Check your battery: Always double check your battery power even if you’re certain your hearing aid charged all night. Even rechargeable batteries need to be replaced eventually and sometimes you may not have them fully inserted.
  • Check for noticeable damage: Check if there are any visible cracks or loose components around the shell of your hearing aid. Cracks could allow moisture in and may be an indicator of additional damage.

Again, check your owner’s manual on how you might address each of these issues. In some cases, you may be able to perform maintenance on your own. (But, once again, consult the instructions.)

When Does my Hearing Aid Require Repair?

If your hearing aid keeps malfunctioning after you have carried out basic maintenance and troubleshooting, it’s probable that your hearing aid will require professional repair. That might not always seem appealing, after all, you depend on your hearing aid for everyday communication (along with dinners with your family, keeping up to date with your favorite Netflix series, etc).

But it’s beneficial to recognize that repair doesn’t always imply sending your hearing aid out for repair. There are some circumstances 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 same day repair isn’t feasible. A backup pair might be required in those cases. So if you have an old pair collecting dust, ask us whether they will work on a temporary basis. We might even have a pair we can let you use while you wait.

Get Assistance With Your Hearing Aids Sooner Rather Than Later

If your hearing aids are beginning to fade, the sound quality is starting to fail, it’s important to get it repaired.

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

The best way to get the maximum help from your hearing aids is to keep them working at their highest quality. And the best way to do that is to keep them clean, keep them charged, and, when needed, take your hearing aids to get some professional assistance.

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