Hearing Aid Repair
Hearing aids are one of the most important investments in health and wellness for people with hearing loss. These medical devices are durable pieces of technology that are designed to last up to 7 years depending on the model. But hearing aids, like all things that are used so frequently, can be impacted by daily wear and tear.
This includes exposure to moisture, earwax, dust, and other natural elements that occur in the ears. So over time, it is common for hearing aids to need repair work. Knowing how to troubleshoot common issues with hearing aids as well as when to take your hearing aids in to be repaired are helpful ways to best maintain your device.
Troubleshooting Common Hearing Aid Issues
- Thoroughly inspect your hearing aid and check for any damage or accumulation of substances. If you see dirt, earwax, or moisture on your device be sure to use a dry cloth to completely remove it.
- Check the volume settings to make sure that it is on a level that works for your hearing needs.
- Hearing aids are powered by either disposable or a rechargeable battery. If you use disposable batteries, check that the batteries have been inserted correctly and are also secured in the compartment. Also, swap them out for a new pair to ensure that the issue is not a dead battery.
- Also, inspect the tubing on your device and check for any cracks or other signs of damage.
Identifying When Professional Repair is Needed
- Your batteries aren’t lasting a long time and you find yourself replacing batteries quickly.
- You identify cracks, breaks, holes, or other damage on your hearing aid.
- You experience feedback and other unpleasant noises while wearing your hearing aids.
Common Hearing Aid Repairs
2. Microphone: the microphone is what absorbs sound waves from your environment. A broken or damaged microphone involves more complicated repair work. Depending on the exact issue, it may need to be replaced by the manufacturer.
3. Battery: there can be a few issues related to the battery. The battery could be being inserted incorrectly or the compartment door isn’t properly closing. Additionally, a faulty wire could be the cause of your hearing aid receiving less power.
4. Tube: depending on the type of hearing aid you have, tubing typically connects one piece to another hearing aid component worn in the ear. This tubing can become damaged or even clogged by earwax.