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

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

So identifying solutions for a malfunctioning hearing aid, and discovering 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 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 correctly again.

Before Problems Happen Take Protective Measures

Any complex piece of technology requires maintenance, and hearing aids are no different. Despite the fact that the casing may look simple and robust, the electronics inside can be amazingly sophisticated.

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

Keeping Your Hearing Aids Clean is a Must

Every day, a certain amount of wax is naturally and normally created by your ears. And, to a certain extent, that earwax is good 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. The fact is that a built-in wax filter comes with most hearing aids that should also be cleaned periodically.

Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry

Electronics and moisture don’t mix. And despite the best protection technology can produce, consistent subjection to moisture can eventually wear out the internal electronics of your hearing aids, decreasing their performance.

This means that you should not use your hearing aids in the shower or while in the pool. In addition, if your hearing aids do become wet, towel-dry them; heat from a hairdryer, for example, can hurt your hearing aids.

Schedule an Appointment With Professional Cleaners

Hearing aids need specialized cleaning as they are delicate, expensive technology. A specialized cleaner can better accomplish certain things that you can’t, even if you’re pretty rigorous about your cleaning habits.

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

Troubleshooting Problems That Are Already Happening

Protective steps are important if your hearing aids are currently functioning correctly. But if you’re having problems, if your hearing aids aren’t working well anymore, you’re probably more interested in some quick fixes.

If your hearing aids aren’t functioning correctly, try one of the following steps:

  • Change the settings or toggle between programs. How you respond will depend on the model because each one is different in this way.
  • Inspect your hearing aids for visible signs of damage, such as blemishes or cracks. Your hearing aid may need to be fixed if you notice any of this type of damage.
  • Turn your hearing aid of then back on. This will fix the issue in some cases.
  • Check your own ears. Sound from your hearing aid might be blocked by earwax buildup.
  • Even if your batteries are rechargeable they will periodically need to be changed out.
  • Inspect the battery compartment. Look for corrosion or loose wiring. Any extensive damage will need to be fixed by a professional but you can try cleaning off any corrosion you discover.
  • Check your hearing aid for wax or debris accumulate. Carefully clear away any wax or debris you may discover.
  • 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.

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

What if That Doesn’t Help My Hearing Aids?

You will likely have two choices if you’ve tried to troubleshoot your hearing aid and it still won’t work: you either need to purchase a new pair or send them in for repair. Which option works best for you will vary depending on your circumstances, how old your hearing aids are, and other factors.

Take the time to troubleshoot your hearing aids if they aren’t working well. If that doesn’t work, you can move on to the next steps, such as a discussion with your hearing specialist to find a solution. To find a solution schedule your appointment today.