How to Handle Hearing Aid Repairs
If your hearing aid suddenly stops working - or your notice part of it has broken off or become damaged - then it’s vital that hearing aid repairs are carried out. Understandably, you may have no clue how to handle these, which is why we’ve written this post!
Below, you’ll find a few troubleshooting tips that will help you handle minor hearing aid repairs, along with some info on when you should seek professional assistance:
Clean your device
Give your hearing aids a good cleaning if they’ve started to malfunction. Typically, issues with the volume or feedback can be caused by debris around the microphone and other components. More often than not, earwax is the culprit. So, one simple hearing aid repair you can try at home is to clean your device using a soft dry cloth. Test it after to see if it works, and you may have saved yourself a lot of stress!
Look at the battery
Another common cause of hearing aid repairs is the battery. A battery with low-charge will lead to performance issues, and a faulty battery will do the same. So, open the chamber and check the battery. It may transpire that you’ve not fitted it correctly, in which case you can re-fit it, and see if it helps.
If the battery looks like it’s been corroded - or you notice moisture in the chamber - then take it out. Leave the chamber open every night when you sleep to air it out and prevent moisture build-up! Replace the battery and test your hearing aid to see if it now works how it should.
Likewise, it’s worth replacing the battery even if it looks fine and you’ve only been using it for a day or so. This can help you see if the issue is related to a faulty battery or a deeper fault with your device.
Play around with the settings
It sounds simple, but you need to check the basic settings and buttons on your device. Check to see if it’s turned on to begin with - this can save a lot of bother! Then, play around with the volume controls to see if you accidentally turned them all the way down, and see if you can make a difference.
Seek out professional hearing aid repairs from your audiologist
If you try all of these things, and your hearing aids still don’t work, then you need to see your audiologist. Likewise, you should conduct some visual checks to see if things like the earmold and tubing have become damaged or worn. If you spot physical defects, then you can’t fix them yourself. Always see your audiologist if you need hearing aid repairs relating to replacement parts or physical fixes.
It will surprise you to see how many common problems can be fixed by following the advice above. Try all the ideas listed, and test your hearing aid after each one. This will help you figure out what caused the problem. Of course, if you still have no success, then call your audiologist and get booked in for hearing aid repairs.