Man and his wife using tips to fix his hearing aids.

When technology quits working properly, that’s when we usually notice it most. That’s particularly true with hearing aids: To the majority of people who wear them, hearing aids are more than a piece of technology; they’re a crucial lifeline to the rest of the world.

So identifying solutions for a malfunctioning hearing aid, and finding those solutions as quickly as possible, is important for both physiological and emotional reasons. Troubleshooting can be a frustrating, risky process whether you’ve been using them for a week, a year, or decades. But if you want to get your hearing aid working correctly again there are some simple steps you can take.

Preventing Trouble Before it Occurs

Any advanced piece of technology requires upkeep, and hearing aids are no exception. Even though the casing might appear simple and robust, the electronics inside can be amazingly sophisticated.

Which means maintenance is essential. There are a few simple ways you can make certain to take care of your hearing aids as you’re wearing them.

Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean

Each day, a certain amount of wax is normally and naturally generated by your ears. And, the ear wax is, to a certain extent good for your ears. But your hearing aids can be damaged by it. Keeping your hearing aids clear and clean of wax buildup can help the life of the devices. In fact, most hearing aids will have a built-in wax filter that should also be periodically cleaned.

Don’t Allow Your Hearing Aids Get Wet

Electronics and moisture don’t do well together. The effectiveness of your hearing aids can be compromised, despite the best protection technology available, if it is continually exposed to moisture.

This means that you should not use your hearing aids in the shower or while in the pool. Also, if your hearing aids do get wet, towel-dry them; heat from a hairdryer, for instance, can damage your hearing aids.

Make an Appointment With Professional Cleaners

Hearing aids need specialized cleaning because they are delicate, expensive technology. Even if you’re fairly rigorous about your own cleaning habits, there are just some things that can be better achieved by a specialized cleaner.

That’s why it’s suggested that you take your hearing aids in to be cleaned every 4-6 months.

How to Diagnose Existing Problems

Preventative steps are important if your hearing aids are currently working properly. But if you’re having problems, if your hearing aids aren’t working well anymore, you’re most likely more interested in some quick fixes.

If your hearing aids aren’t working properly, try one of the following steps:

  • Reboot the device (turn it off and turn it back on). In certain cases, this will fix the problem.
  • Inspect your hearing aids for noticeable signs of damage, like cracks or blemishes. Your hearing aid might need to be fixed if you find any of this kind of damage.
  • Adjust the volume. There will be either a volume dial on the hearing aid or a remote you can use to do this. Try to do both if you have the option with your hearing aid.
  • Inspect your hearing aid for wax or debris accumulate. Carefully wipe away any wax or debris you may notice.
  • Check your own ears. Sound from your hearing aid might be blocked by earwax buildup.
  • Toggle between programs or change the settings. Most hearing aids are different in this respect, so your course of action will depend on the model you have.
  • Even if your batteries are rechargeable they will periodically need to be changed out.
  • Look inside the battery compartment. Look for corrosion or loose wiring. Any substantial damage will need to be repaired by a professional but you can attempt to clean away any corrosion you discover.

It’s likely that you will have to get the device repaired professionally if you want it back to original performance if none of these steps work.

What if Nothing I Try Works?

When your hearing aids aren’t working well anymore and troubleshooting has not addressed the problem, you will most likely have two options: either send the hearing aids in for repair or purchase a new pair of hearing aids. Which choice works better for you will vary depending on your situation, the age of your hearing aids, and other factors.

Take the time to troubleshoot your hearing aids if they aren’t working correctly. A conversation with a hearing professional to find a solution is the next thing you should do if that doesn’t work. To find a solution schedule an appointment today.