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

When technology quits working correctly, that’s when we tend to notice it most. With hearing aids that’s especially true: Hearing aids are a vital lifeline to the rest of the world for people who wear them not just a piece of technology.

It’s both emotionally and physiologically vital to come up with solutions for broken hearing aids as quickly as possible. Troubleshooting can be a frustrating, risky process whether you’ve been wearing them for a week, a year, or decades. But there are some relatively easy steps you can try to get your hearing aid working properly again.

Preventing Trouble Before it Occurs

Hearing aids are no exception to the rule, like any other piece of tech, they require routine maintenance. Despite the fact that the casing might look simple and robust, the electronics inside can be extremely sophisticated.

Which means upkeep is essential. While you’re wearing your hearing aids, there are a few things you can do that will make taking care of them simpler.

Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean

Your ears naturally and normally produce a certain amount of wax every day. And, the ear wax is, to a certain extent helpful for your ears. But it’s not so good for your hearing aids. To help improve the longevity of your device keep your hearing aids clean and clear of wax. In fact, a built-in wax filter comes with most hearing aids that should also be cleaned periodically.

Don’t Let Your Hearing Aids Get Wet

Electronics and moisture don’t do well together. And in spite of the best protection technology can build, repeated subjection to moisture can eventually wear down the internal electronics of your hearing aids, reducing their performance.

This means that you should not wear your hearing aids in the shower or while in the pool. Also, dry your hearing aids with a towel if they get wet. Don’t use a hair dryer because it can damage them.

Make an Appointment With Professional Cleaners

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

Every 4-6 months is the suggested time between cleanings.

How to Diagnose Existing Issues

Even if your hearing aids are currently working, you will still need to take preventative steps. But if you’re experiencing problems, if your hearing aids aren’t working properly anymore, you’re most likely more interested in some quick fixes.

Try one of the following steps if your hearing aids aren’t working correctly:

  • Replace your power source or battery, even if your batteries are rechargeable.
  • Check your hearing aid for wax or debris accumulate. If you find any wax accumulation or debris, clear them away.
  • Adjust the settings or switch between programs. How you respond will depend on the model because they’re all different in this regard.
  • Examine your own ears. Sound from your hearing aid could be blocked by earwax buildup.
  • Look inside the battery compartment. Look for corrosion or loose wiring. Any substantial damage will have to be fixed by a professional but you can try cleaning away any corrosion you discover.
  • Cycle the device power (turn it off and turn it back on). In some cases, this will correct the problem.
  • Adjust the volume. There will either be a volume wheel on the hearing aid or a remote you can use for this. If your hearing aid has both options, try doing both.
  • Examine your hearing aids for noticeable signs of damage, such as blemishes or cracks. Your hearing aid may need to be fixed if you find any of this type of damage.

It’s likely that you will have to get the device fixed by a professional if you want it back to peak condition if none of these options work.

What if Nothing I Try Works?

You will most likely have two choices if you’ve tried troubleshooting your hearing aid and it still won’t work: either send the hearing aids in for repair or buy a new pair of hearing aids. The age of your hearing aids, your personal circumstances, and other factors will establish which option will work best for you.

If your hearing aids aren’t working well right now, take the time to do some troubleshooting. If that doesn’t help, you can move on to the next steps, including a conversation with your hearing specialist to find a solution. To find a solution make an appointment right away.

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