Man and his wife using tips to fix his hearing aids.

We usually only notice technology the most when it stops working. That’s particularly true with hearing aids: Hearing aids are an essential lifeline to the rest of society for people who wear them not just a piece of technology.

It’s both emotionally and physiologically vital to discover solutions for malfunctioning hearing aids as quickly as possible. Troubleshooting can be a frustrating, risky process whether you’ve been wearing them for a week, a year, or decades. But there are some relatively easy steps you can try to get your hearing aid working properly again.

Avoiding Problems Before They Occurs

Any advanced piece of technology involves upkeep, and hearing aids are no exception. Despite the fact that the casing may look simple and robust, the electronics inside can be incredibly sophisticated.

So this means upkeep is essential. As you’re wearing your hearing aids, there are some things you can do that will make taking care of them simpler.

Keeping Your Hearing Aids Clean is a Must

Your ears naturally and normally make a certain amount of wax every day. And, to some degree, that earwax is good for your ears. But your hearing aids don’t do as well with it. Keeping your hearing aids clear and clean of wax buildup can help improve the life of the devices. In fact, most hearing aids will come with a built-in wax filter that should also be periodically cleaned.

Moisture is The Enemy of Hearing Aids

Electronics and moisture don’t do well together. The performance of your hearing aids can be compromised, despite the best protection technology available, if it is routinely exposed to moisture.

This means that you shouldn’t wear your hearing aids in the shower or while in the pool. In addition, if your hearing aids do get wet, towel-dry them; heat from a hairdryer, as an example, can damage your hearing aids.

Schedule an Appointment With Professional Cleaners

Hearing aids require specialized cleaning since they are delicate, expensive technology. A specialized cleaner can better achieve certain things that you can’t, even if you’re pretty thorough about your cleaning routines.

That’s why it’s recommended you bring your hearing aids in to be cleaned every 4-6 months.

Troubleshooting Complications That Are Already Occurring

Preventative steps are crucial if your hearing aids are currently functioning correctly. But if you’re having problems, if your hearing aids aren’t working properly anymore, you’re probably more interested in some quick fixes.

If your hearing aids aren’t functioning correctly, try one of the following steps:

  • Check your hearing aid for wax or debris build up. Gently wipe away any wax or debris you may find.
  • Even if your batteries are rechargeable they will periodically need to be changed out.
  • Take a good look at your hearing aids for visible signs of damage, like cracks or blemishes. Your hearing aid may need to be repaired if you find any of this type of damage.
  • Check your own ears. Sound from your hearing aid could be blocked by earwax buildup.
  • Look for loose wiring or corrosion in the battery compartment. If you discover corrosion, you can try carefully cleaning out, but considerable damage will need to be repaired professionally.
  • Adjust the volume. This can be done via a remote or manually via the wheel on the hearing aid. Try both if you have both features with your hearing aid.
  • Adjust the settings or toggle between programs. How you deal with it will depend on the model because they’re all different in this regard.
  • Reboot the device (turn it off and turn it back on). In some cases, this will fix the problem.

It’s likely that you will have to get the device repaired by a professional if you want it back to original condition if none of these tips help.

What if That Doesn’t Fix My Hearing Aids?

When your hearing aids aren’t functioning properly anymore and troubleshooting has not taken care of the issue, you will most likely have two choices: either send the hearing aids in for repair or buy a new pair of hearing aids. Which choice works best for you will depend on your circumstances, the age of your hearing aids, and other variables.

If your hearing aids aren’t functioning properly right now, take the time to do some troubleshooting. A conversation with your hearing professional to determine a solution is the next step if that doesn’t help. Make an appointment to find a solution today.

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