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Signs your Hearing Aid Need Repairs

a man with glasses repairing a hearing aid

Hearing aids are delicate pieces of equipment, and even the most robust design may succumb to wear and tear or malfunction occasionally. If this occurs, don’t worry. Most come with a warranty, and an audiologist can perform any necessary hearing aid repairs to get yours back up and running asap. Hearing aids need proper care and regular check-ups to ensure they’re functioning as they should. You can do your bit at home by cleaning your hearing devices carefully on a daily basis and booking a visit to the audiologist twice a year to be on the safe side. If you’re concerned there might be an issue, here are a few signs you need hearing aid repairs.

Strange sounds

If you can hear strange sounds coming from your hearing aid, either all the time or at intervals, this could be a sign it needs repairs. Occasionally you might hear a whistling or distortion. It could be as simple as the battery needs replacing, or there could be another fault. Ensure your hearing aid is fit properly as it might need adjusting slightly to get rid of this disturbance. An audiologist can help you resolve the problem and carry out any necessary hearing aid repairs.

Low volume

Perhaps you’ve noticed the volume is lower than normal. Check the settings. If the volume is at the maximum or the normal optimum level for you, but it’s still too quiet, see an audiologist for hearing aid repairs. It will probably just need a thorough cleaning but it’s a good idea to have a check-up with the audiologist just in case. Sometimes wax or condensation can block your hearing aid and this means it can’t function as well. An audiologist can give you advice on how to clean it to prevent this from happening as often.

Your hearing worsens

If you’re experiencing hearing loss or the device doesn’t seem to be working as well for you anymore, book an appointment with the audiologist. You might be in need of some adjustments or possibly an upgrade. An audiologist will be able to give you the best advice on this. There could also be other causes for your hearing loss such as a build-up of wax or an ear infection.

It appears to have stopped working altogether

If your hearing aid simply stops working this could be for a number of reasons. The battery might need replacing or parts of it such as the tubing could be blocked. Try replacing the battery and giving it a thorough clean. An audiologist can give it a professional inspection if it’s still not working. A visit to the audiologist is always recommended rather than trying out complex hearing aid repairs at home.

How an audiologist can help

A visit to an audiologist can help get to the root of the problem. They will perform a diagnosis and identify the cause of the issue. An audiologist can then perform any necessary hearing aid repairs or alternatively send them back to the manufacturer. If your hearing aid has a warranty, which most of them will, you should be able to take them to any audiologist regardless of where you got it from originally. 

It’s also advisable to have your hearing aid inspected by an audiologist on a routine basis. With regular hearing aid check-ups, an audiologist can ensure your hearing aid is working as it should. Take your hearing aid for a professional cleaning every four to six months and this will also prevent any build-up of wax or debris. The audiologist will be able to perform a quick check-up at the same time to make sure everything’s functioning properly.

An audiologist will be able to further advise you on how to care for your hearing aid. This includes how to clean, store it and perform basic troubleshooting. With an audiologist’s help, you should be able to prevent the need for costly hearing aid repairs, and continue to use it with ease. Part of an audiologist’s job is also to give you ongoing advice on how to adapt to living with a hearing aid.

At Listen Hear Diagnostics, our highly-skilled experts are experienced in all types of hearing aids. We can perform a diagnostic and arrange any necessary hearing aid repairs. Our friendly advisors will be able to book an appointment with an audiologist for you so that you can have peace of mind you’re hearing aid is working properly. If you would like to learn more about Listen Hear Diagnostics contact us at 347-450-9872.