Common Hearing Aid Repairs
Have your hearing aids started to act up?
Although they’re an expensive investment and highly advanced pieces of technology, hearing aids can be prone to malfunction from age or damage. Despite being more durable than ever, hearing aids can still suffer from wear and tear when exposed to a hostile environment (aka the inside of your ears) on a daily basis.
If you find your hearing aids aren’t working as well as they used to, there are some at-home troubleshooting options that you can try before calling a professional.
Of course, trying to solve the problem yourself doesn’t mean cracking open the intricate parts of the hearing aids. Rather, the following tips and tricks can help you diagnose an issue and attempt to solve it by making sure your hearing aids are working properly.
Common troubleshooting tips
If the hearing aids aren’t making any sound, are making intermittent noises or you experience feedback, try the following troubleshooting techniques:
- Replacing the battery
- Removing and reinserting the battery
- Cleaning the hearing aid
- Replacing the wax filter
- Opening and closing the battery compartment
- Checking the input settings
- Checking the volume
When to seek help
If no at-home technique solves your hearing aid issue, it’s likely you need to seek professional help. It is wisest to start with the audiologist who prescribed and fitted your hearing aids. They will have the most knowledge about your hearing loss and hearing aids and will be able to provide the best support, should your aids need to be repaired or if they should be replaced.
Replacement is typically needed if:
- The hearing aid is more than five years old. Most hearing aids last between five and seven years. The older the hearing aid is, the more likely it will need to be replaced if it begins to malfunction.
- The hearing aids have visible or extensive damage. If the hearing aids have major visible damage, it’s likely the best option is replacement.
- Your hearing aids have already undergone repair. If your hearing aids have a history of being broken and repaired multiple times, it’s likely their structural integrity has been compromised
Your audiologist will be able to provide assistance when it comes to simple hearing aid repairs and fixes. Talk more with your audiologist about what services they provide and what to expect if your hearing aids need repairs.