Troubleshooting Hearing Aid Repairs
Hearing aids are truly life-changing products for anyone suffering from any form of hearing loss. However, those delicate devices do require ongoing maintenance. Even with the right care and attention, hearing aid repairs may be required from time to time. While seeing an audiologist is always the right to go when a serious problem occurs, basic troubleshooting could potentially solve the issue with immediate results.
Here are five quick and easy ideas that could work wonders as you bid to stay on top of those potential troubles.
Checking the battery
The batteries need to be replaced on a fairly frequent basis. While they do give you a warning beep if a problem occurs, it’s still easy to ignore this. Aside from running out of juice, you should check that they are positioned correctly. Again, knocking them out of place is easily done. If replacing the batteries and checking that they make the right connections, including with the inside of the battery door, doesn’t work, you can probably rule this issue out.
Checking volume and programs
Firstly, if you are getting no sound whatsoever, you’ll want to check that you’ve not accidentally turned it off. If the sound output is just too low, it’s possible that the volume control has been knocked during the day. Meanwhile, other programs and settings may have been altered by mistake. If you know how to analyze this, do. If not, make sure the audiologist shows you how for the sake of future reference.
Clearing the device
Hearing aid repairs aren’t always needed because of volume or power issues. Distorted sounds and the emergence of tinnitus-like symptoms are very common faults. When this occurs, it may be due to a buildup of ear wax and debris on the parts that enter the ear canal. Unfortunately, this is something that comes with the territory. Cleaning with a dry cloth each day will aid performance indefinitely. If this idea fails, try cleaning your ears too.
Inspecting the tubing
If your hearing aid is a BTE (behind-the-ear) device, any problems with the device could be linked to the tubing. Replacing this part on a semi-regular basis is crucial even when there are no signs of damage. When there is a clear fault, look for signs of wear and tear. If you do spot anything from perished tubing to overstretched or discolored tubing, an audiologist can quickly fix the problem. Knowing that this is the only problem will put you at ease.
Looking for moisture
Given that they are constantly in contact with the ear, hearing aids are designed to handle a little moisture. However, they aren’t supposed to get too wet. In addition to taking them out when bathing, you should open the battery compartment and take out the batteries at night. Good precautions are one thing, but spotting signs of moisture on the tubing or casing could pinpoint the source of your ongoing faults. Wipe them, clean them, and store them well. If this doesn’t work, the audiologist may have a better solution.