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When technology stops working correctly, that’s when we tend to notice it most. That’s especially true with hearing aids: To most people who use them, hearing aids are more than a piece of technology; they’re a crucial lifeline to the rest of the world.

So discovering solutions for a malfunctioning hearing aid, and discovering those solutions quickly, is crucial 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 reasonably easy strategies you can try to get your hearing aid working correctly again.

Avoiding Trouble Before it Occurs

Hearing aids are no exception to the rule, like any other piece of technology, they need routine maintenance. Even though the casing may look simple and robust, the electronics inside can be extremely sophisticated.

Which means upkeep is a must. There are a few straight forward ways you can make certain to take care of your hearing aids while you’re using them.

Keeping Your Hearing Aids Clean is a Must

Your ears naturally and normally make a certain amount of wax each day. And, to some degree, that earwax is helpful for your ears. But your hearing aids can be damaged by it. To help improve the longevity of your device keep your hearing aids free and clear of wax. The fact is that most hearing aids will have a built-in wax filter that should also be cleaned periodically.

Don’t Allow Your Hearing Aids Get Wet

Electronics and moisture don’t do well together. And despite the best protection technology can build, repeated exposure to moisture can gradually wear out the internal electronics of your hearing aids, reducing their effectiveness.

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 harm them.

Schedule Time With Professional Cleaners

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

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

Troubleshooting Issues That Are Already Happening

Preventative steps are crucial if your hearing aids are currently functioning properly. 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 functioning correctly:

  • Adjust the volume. There will either be a volume dial on the hearing aid or a remote you can use to do this. If your hearing aid has both options, try doing both.
  • Even if your batteries are rechargeable they will occasionally need to be replaced.
  • Examine your own ears. It’s possible that earwax accumulation in your ear canal is interfering with the sound from your hearing aid.
  • Look inside the battery compartment. Look for corrosion or loose wiring. Any substantial damage will have to be repaired by a professional but you can attempt to clean off any corrosion you discover.
  • Look over your hearing aids for blemishes, cracks or other visible signs of damage. Your hearing aid may need to be fixed if you find any of this kind of damage.
  • Inspect your hearing aid for wax or debris accumulate. Gently wipe away any wax or debris you might notice.
  • Change the settings or switch between programs. How you deal with it will depend on the model because they’re all different in this respect.
  • Turn your hearing aid of then back on. This will fix the issue in some cases.

It’s likely that you will have to get the device repaired by a professional if you want it back to original condition if none of these steps 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 doesn’t work: either send the hearing aids in for repair or purchase a new set of hearing aids. Which option works best for you will depend on your situation, the age of your hearing aids, and other variables.

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