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

You take care of your hearing aids. You baby them. You charge them every night and clean them daily.

But you can’t figure out why your hearing aids aren’t functioning efficiently and it’s really frustrating. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to resolve the problem. Keep in mind: preventing damage is your first job (or you might need to replace them).

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:

  • Examine your battery: Even if you’re sure your hearing aids charged all night, you’ll want to double-check the battery level. Even rechargeable batteries have to be replaced sooner or later and sometimes you may not have them inserted fully.
  • Look for noticeable damage: Loose components or cracks may develop around the shell of your hearing aids so don’t forget to check for that. Cracks, clearly, could indicate more extensive damage (or allow).
  • Wax accumulation: Do a visual examination of your hearing aid to ensure that there is no wax accumulation preventing normal functionality. Even if you perform regular cleaning, sometimes wax can accumulate rapidly, so it’s worth checking this off your list.
  • Keep your microphone clear: Check for anything blocking the microphone of your hearing aid. A blocked microphone can create feedback or can cause your hearing aids to sound silent or broken.

Each of these problems will have its own solution so consult your owner’s manual. In some cases, you might be capable of performing maintenance on your own. (But, once again, consult the instructions.)

When Does my Hearing Aid Need Servicing?

If your hearing aid continues to malfunction after you have done basic maintenance and troubleshooting, it’s probable that your hearing aid will require professional repair. Because you depend on your hearing aids for all of your basic conversations and social activities, this most likely doesn’t sound very attractive.

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.

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

There are still some cases where same day repair is not feasible. And in those cases, you could find yourself needing a backup pair of hearing aids. So if you’ve got an old pair lying around, ask us whether they will serve on a temporary basis. We might even have a pair we can loan you while you are waiting.

Get Assistance With Your Hearing Aids As Soon as Possible

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

If you do this you will be more likely to avoid any downtime. Your general health and your mental health are affected by untreated hearing loss. An even more serious concern is that your hearing will get worse as your hearing aids sit forgotten in a drawer.

Your best chance of getting the maximum help from your hearing aids is to keep them functioning at their highest quality. Keeping them charged and clean and if necessary, taking them in for maintenance is the easiest way to do that.

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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.
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