If your hearing aids have stopped working, or you are having issues with the devices, you might be looking into hearing aid repairs. Hearing aid repairs can solve many issues from low volume or what appears to be a completely dead device.

However, before you rush off to get a repair from an audiologist, you might want to consider trying these troubleshooting methods to fix the problem. Here are four ways that you may be able to save yourself a trip to the audiologist’s office.

1. Clean them up

Cleaning your hearing aids is crucial to keeping them in proper working order. If you notice your hearing aid not performing to its usual capabilities, do a thorough wipe down and inspection of your device at home.

If this doesn’t work, schedule an appointment with your audiologist to have your hearing aids professionally cleaned to see if that resolves your problems.

2. Clean out

Of course, you might find that the issue is not a problem with your hearing aid at all, but rather your ears. If your ears are clogged with wax it can muffle sound, no matter how powerful your hearing aids are.

If you notice a significant amount of earwax buildup or frequently experience impactions, contact your audiologist to have your ears professionally cleaned and evaluated.

3. Replace a dead battery

As with all tech, sometimes the simplest answer is the correct one. In this case, it could be an issue with a dead battery. A dead battery will make you think the hearing aid is broken when really you just need to replace the dead cell. This can usually be completed by the owner of the hearing aid and will not require a trip to see the audiologist.

4. A simple adjustment

Of course, you may find that the issue is caused due to a change in the settings. This will almost always be the case if the volume of your hearing aid is not loud enough. You will usually find that changing the volume is easy enough however if you have any issues you can speak to an audiologist.

If these troubleshooting steps do not help resolve your hearing aid issues, contact your audiologist and discuss any additional problems you’re experiencing.