Sometimes hearing aids need some repairs. If you look after your device by cleaning it properly and letting it air overnight, you should be able to use it for years to come. However, hearing aids are made with tiny parts that may need to replace to keep the device performing well. When this happens, you might need to make a trip to your audiologist for hearing aid repairs.
Here are some common signs that you need some hearing aid repairs.
Your Hearing Aid Stops Working
A hearing aid that seems dead might not be as impossible to save as you might think. First, take out the battery and replace it with a new one. A flat battery can be easily mistaken for a broken hearing device.
Check the tubing that connects to the receiver to the earmold. If this becomes blocked with earwax or condensation, this can stop sound from getting through. To fix this, just replace the tubing.
After you have checked the on and off switch, changed the battery and checked the tubing and you’re still having a problem, then you will need to see your audiologist.
Intermittent Hearing Aid Problems
If you’re experiencing an intermittent problem with the sound from your hearing aid, then this could be a sign of a battery problem. You might be able to save yourself more complicated repairs by changing the battery. If the problem carries on, then you know for sure you need professional repairs.
Your Hearing Aid Is Making A Whistling Sound
If you can hear a persistent whistling sound, then your might have the earpiece positioned incorrectly, have wax in your ears or have a fault with the hearing aid. If you can’t find the source of the whistling noise, start by taking out the hearing aid and putting it back in very carefully.
If the noise persists, give your ears a clean, using an ear cleaner and never a cotton swab. If you can still hear the whistling, then there might be a problem with the device and should see your audiologist.
Volume Isn’t Loud Enough
If you have the volume dial on your hearing aid set to max, and still find that sounds are muffled, then check the tubing. Condensation or earwax in the receiver tube can work like an earplug in the ear canal, reducing the sound you can hear. Replace the tubing yourself or take it to your audiologist for help.
Your Hearing Is Worse
When a device that you haven’t had problems with before suddenly seems not to be helping anymore, then speak to your audiologist. If your hearing has got worse, they might be able to reprogram your hearing aid so it can manage the loss of certain frequencies. If this doesn’t help, it might be time to look into whether this is the best model for you and upgrade to something else.
If you experience any of these issues and can’t seem to correct them with a simple fix, make an appointment to see your audiologist to see if your device needs to be repaired.
For more information, contact Harbor Audiology & Hearing Services today at one of our local offices:
- Bainbridge Island: (253) 525-4236
- Gig Harbor: (253) 851-3932
- Omak: (509) 852-7000
- Port Angeles: (360) 362-7455
- Sequim: (360) 681-7500
- Silverdale: (360) 692-6650
- Tacoma: (253) 473-4394
- Wenatchee: 509-852-7000