Hearing aids are made from incredible technology. Despite their pretty compact size, they contain many tiny, sophisticated components, all designed to help improve your hearing. But as with all devices, these tiny components occasionally fail despite your best efforts.
When this happens, you should try to see if you can easily rectify the problem first. This is because some of these issues can be easily fixed without needing to spend any money on hearing aid repairs. Try the following troubleshooting tips first before taking the hearing aid for repairs or contacting your Hearing Instrument Specialist.
Ensure That The Device Is Turned On
One of the easiest mistakes other people make particularly when they just started using the device is forgetting to turn them on. So, unless your Hearing Instrument Specialist specifically tells you that there is no need, try to turn on the device check to see if the device is on. All you need to do is toggle the on and off switch to see if it works.
Increase The Hearing Aid’s Volume
It’s easy to mistakenly turn down or alter the device’s volume. So, check to see if you mistakenly turned down the volume or altered it such that it’s now difficult for you to hear anything.
See If The Battery Is Still Good
Check to see if your battery is still working. Most hearing aids have batteries that have an expiry date. If your battery has expired chances are that your device will not work. So, check for that first. If your battery is still in good condition or has not expired check to see if it’s properly placed. To do this, make sure that the side with the plus sign is facing up instead of down.
If the plus sign is facing down this simple mistake can cause the device to stop working. But if your battery is dead all it takes is replacing the battery for the device to come back on again.
Check The Hearing Aid’s Tubing
This is particularly if it’s a behind-the-ear (BTE) model. The tubing on BTE hearing aids devices is prone to either wear out over time or become damaged.
So, check to see if the part of the device is damaged due to continuous usage or other factors. If it’s damaged, you might need to see your Hearing Instrument Specialist to facilitate a hearing aid repair.
Make Sure Earwax Isn’t Blocking The Device’s Microphone
Earwax and other debris can block the microphone or where the sound comes out from the hearing aid. So, check to see if both parts of the device I cleaned and unblocked.
Most hearing aid devices come with manuals that show you how to remove ear wax from the tubing or even change the wax filters. So, check the manual to see how you can do that by yourself. The good news is it is pretty easy to do this and doesn’t require any technical expertise.
Most of these tips will work if your hearing aid doesn’t have major issues. If it’s badly damaged, then contact your Hearing Instrument Specialist or hearing aid repair expert to get it fixed.