How Do You Know If Your Hearing Aids Need Repair?
The hearing aids of today are technology-packed. They have computer processors, amplifiers, microphones and speakers. The good news is electronic equipment is less prone to failure than mechanical equipment. The even better news is that the most common hearing aid issues are minor and can be fixed at home. If the at-home fix doesn’t work, then it’s time to take your hearing aids to the audiologist’s office.
A blockage in the tubing that connects the hearing aid to the earmold is one of the most common problems. Anything like wax, debris or even water can get in the tubing and disrupt your hearing aid’s normal functioning abilities.
This can usually be fixed at home. Gently pull the hearing aid off the tubing. Wash the earmold and the tubing with warm soapy water. If you can run warm water through the tubing, you should be able to push out the wax. It’s important to ensure the tubing is dry before you attach it to the hearing aid. Try cleaning the tubing at night before you go to bed. It will have all night to dry out and be ready to go in the morning when you get up.
Whistling or feedback
If you hear whistling or feedback when you first get your hearing aids, take them back to the audiologist right away. It is most likely a problem with the fitting. If you have an ear infection, you can get temporary feedback that will disappear when the swelling from the infection goes down.
If you haven’t had an ear infection or if you suddenly start to get whistling or feedback you probably have a wax problem. Start by cleaning your ears thoroughly to make sure you don’t have wax build-up there. If you have hard wax blocking your ears, you need to see the audiologist to have them cleaned professionally. Once you know your ears are clean, inspect your hearing aids and clean all wax. When you put the hearing aid on, check to make sure that the microphone and amplifier are in the proper location.
If you still hear whistling or feedback, it’s time to take your hearing aids to the audiologist. They may need a professional cleaning or repair.
Hearing aids won’t turn on
The first thing you should do is double check the hearing aids and make sure they are turned on and the battery door is firmly closed.
This solves many hearing aid problems!
If the battery door is closed and the hearing aid is turned on, check to see if the telecoil setting was accidently engaged. If this doesn’t work, replace the batteries.
If your hearing aid still doesn’t work, it’s time to see the audiologist.
Preventative maintenance is simple and will help you avoid many problems. Dry your hearing aids overnight in a dehumidifier or drying box. Alternatively, place them on a towel in a safe place and leave the battery door open. Periodically clean your hearing aids with a wax pick and brush. This stops blockages before they can start. If you have questions about caring for your hearing aids or need a tool kit, stop by and visit the audiologist. They will be happy to help.