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

We tend to notice technology the most when it isn’t working. That’s especially true with hearing aids: Hearing aids are an essential lifeline to the rest of the world for people who wear them not just a piece of technology.

It’s both emotionally and physiologically vital to come up with solutions for broken hearing aids as quickly as possible. Whether you’ve been using your hearing aids for a week, a year, or a decade, troubleshooting can be a risky, troublesome process. But there are some fairly easy measures you can try to get your hearing aid working properly again.

Avoiding Problems Before They Occurs

Any advanced piece of technology requires maintenance, and hearing aids are no different. Although the casing might look simple and robust, the electronics inside can be incredibly sophisticated.

Which means upkeep is a must. As you’re using your hearing aids, there are a few things you can do that will make taking care of them simpler.

Keeping Your Hearing Aids Clean is a Must

Your ears normally and naturally produce a certain amount of wax every day. And, the ear wax is, to a certain degree good for your ears. But your hearing aids can be damaged by it. To help improve the longevity of your device keep your hearing aids free and clear of wax. The fact is that most hearing aids will have a built-in wax filter that should also be cleaned periodically.

Don’t Let Your Hearing Aids Get Wet

Moisture and electronics don’t mix well. The performance of your hearing aids can be compromised, despite the best protection technology available, if it is continuously exposed to moisture.

This Means wearing your hearing aids in the pool or shower is not a good idea. Also, if your hearing aids do get wet, dry them with a towel; heat from a hairdryer, for instance, can damage your hearing aids.

Schedule Time With Professional Cleaners

Hearing aids are sensitive (and commonly expensive) technology, and as such, they call for specialized cleaning practices. A specialized cleaner can better achieve certain things that you can’t, even if you’re pretty rigorous about your cleaning routines.

Every 4-6 months is the suggested time between cleanings.

How to Troubleshoot Existing Issues

Preventative steps are essential if your hearing aids are currently working correctly. But if you’re experiencing issues, if your hearing aids aren’t working properly anymore, you’re probably more interested in some quick fixes.

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

  • Inspect your hearing aids for blemishes, cracks or other visible signs of damage. Such damage could mean the hearing aid needs repairs.
  • Change out your battery or power source, even if your batteries are rechargeable.
  • Check your hearing aid for wax or debris build up. If you notice any wax buildup or debris, clear them away.
  • Adjust the volume. Sometimes you can do this via a remote or manually with the wheel on the hearing aid. Try to do both if you have both features with your hearing aid.
  • Turn your hearing aid of then back on. In certain cases, this will fix the problem.
  • Toggle between programs or change the settings. Many hearing aids are different in this regard, so your plan of action will depend on the model you’re using.
  • Examine your own ears. It’s possible that earwax accumulation in your ear canal is interfering with the sound from your hearing aid.
  • Inspect the battery compartment. Look for corrosion or loose wiring. Any extensive damage will have to be fixed by a professional but you can try cleaning away any corrosion you discover.

If none of these steps address your hearing aid issues, it’s likely that you’ll have to have the device repaired professionally in order to return it to peak functional condition.

What if That Doesn’t Help My Hearing Aids?

You will most likely have two choices if you’ve tried troubleshooting your hearing aid and it still doesn’t work: you either have to buy a new pair or send them in for repair. The age of your hearing aids, your personal circumstances, and other variables will determine which choice will work best for you.

If your hearing aids aren’t functioning properly right now, take the time to do some troubleshooting. If that doesn’t help, you can go on to the next steps, including a conversation with a hearing specialist to find a remedy. To find a solution make an appointment right away.

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