As a hearing aid user, you should understand that many things can go wrong with your hearing aid device(s) if you do not properly maintain and care for them. That’s why it’s important to protect your investment and learn about optimal hearing aid maintenance and care. However, if you do damage your device or your device is not working properly, we always recommend that you speak with your hearing care professional in order to have it repaired or if necessary, to get a replacement.
As with most things, regular maintenance and/or repairs may be needed in order to keep your hearing aids functioning optimally. Although some repairs are quick, easy and simple to diagnose and fix, others can be quite costly, even to the point of having to purchase a replacement. In this blog, we discuss some of the more common hearing aid repairs that can occur during the lifetime of your hearing aids.
Common Hearing Aid Problems & What You Should Know
- Battery: Hearing aid battery issues are very common, but often turn out to be an easy fix. If your hearing aid device is not working, check the battery to see if it is dead. If necessary, replace the battery and check your device again; this may save you from having to visit your hearing care professional.
- Tubing: The tubing of a behind-the-ear aid (BTE), may need to be replaced, as this can cause your device not function properly. Common causes requiring you to replace the tubing of your device include overstretching, discoloration, hardening, cracking or moisture. You can often replace it yourself, as long as you have properly been instructed by your hearing care professional and have the proper tools to do so. Otherwise, you can have a professional replace it for you.
- Fitting: Over time the fit of your hearing aid may be off, which is understandable considering we are constantly changing and growing as we age. We recommend that you see your hearing care professional if you are having problems with the fit of your hearing aid. A lot of the time, a quick adjustment is all that needs to be made. In some cases, you may need to have a new ear-mold impression taken in order to have a new ear-mold made. Your hearing care professional will be able to diagnose the problem and discuss with you your options.
- Sound: Another common hearing aid problem is sound coming out of the hearing aid. Poor sound quality could mean that there are internal problems with the hearing aids that may need to be repaired by the manufacturer. Poor sound could also mean that your hearing has changed and adjustments need to be made to the programs in your hearing aid to reflect your hearing changes.
- Wax: Wax can build up in your hearing aids. Cleaning wax off of your hearing aids after each and every use will help to decrease wax build up. However, if there is excessive wax build up on or in your hearing aids do not try and clean it yourself; seek the help of your hearing care professional as he or she will be able to properly and safely clean out the wax without damaging your hearing aids.
Consult with the Professionals at Hearing Aid Counselors
At Hearing Aid Counselors, we are here to help you with your hearing needs, and that includes your hearing aids. If you are experiencing issues with your device or have any questions, contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient southern Idaho hearing center locations in Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, Hailey, or Burley. We have a team of experienced hearing care professionals that can answer all your questions and work with you to find the best solution for your hearing and listening needs.