For all the benefits hearing aids provide, they are likely to encounter the occasional issue now and then. Given their constant exposure to heat, humidity and earwax, this is hardly surprising.
Keeping your hearing aids clean will help extend their life, as will regular service and maintenance.
Daily cleaning with a soft, dry cloth is highly recommended; be sure to avoid moisture of any type (water, solvents, alcohol and other cleaning liquids). Store your hearing aids in a protective container when not in use; this will prevent contamination from dust and dirt.
If you encounter problems with your hearing aids, you might be able to resolve the issue yourself – some of the fixes are surprisingly easy! Try the following troubleshooting tips before taking your hearing aids in for repair.
Tips for Hearing Aid Repairs
- If you are experiencing feedback or whistling noises when inserting your hearing aids, make sure you have put them in correctly. Try taking them out and reinserting. If this doesn’t help, turn down the volume on the device. Make sure there is nothing blocking or covering your hearing aids.
- If there is no sound when you insert your hearing aids, check the battery to make sure it hasn’t died, and replace if necessary. If that doesn’t do the trick, check for excess earwax buildup on the earmold and tubing, and clean with a wax brush or blower tool. Check the sound outlet and microphone, as well, and change the wax filter if needed. As a last resort, make sure the device hasn’t been inadvertently switched to T-coil mode.
- If the sound is distorted or weak, you may have a weak battery in need of replacement. This might also be caused by dirty or corroded batteries or battery contact points; clean the battery contacts with a dry cloth, and then open and close the compartment door. Check to make sure your device isn’t set to T-coil mode. Try cleaning the earmold and tubing, and replace the wax filter.
If you’ve tried these techniques and still can’t get your hearing aids to function properly, you’ll need to take them into a professional for repair. The cost of repairs is highly dependent on the problem with your instruments and whether they are still under warranty.