Hearing aids are designed to provide long-term support and enhance your hearing function. Given their compact design and use of advanced technology, they’re surprisingly robust and hard-wearing. However, hearing aids do require on-going maintenance to keep them functioning optimally. In addition, you may need to carry out some minimal hearing aid repairs from time to time.
To keep your hearing aids working, take a look at our top troubleshooting tips for common hearing aid repairs.
Hearing aid won’t work
If your hearing aid won’t turn on or isn’t producing any sound, the first thing you’ll want to try is the batteries. Test the batteries in your device or pop in some fresh ones, just to be sure that they’re not causing the problem.
It may sound obvious but check your hearing aid is switched on before you start to panic. If the batteries are inserted incorrectly, the battery cover probably won’t close properly and power to the device will be lost.
Take a look at every part of your hearing device to see if anything is clogged or blocked. Gently cleaning away debris can help to facilitate noise production and negate the need for more intricate hearing aid repairs.
If your device has multiple program settings or memory presets, try switching to a different setting. It’s easy to forget you’ve switched to a different preset or even delete a setting altogether, so this is a quick way to check whether the problem is caused by a simple programming error or something more complex.
Hearing aids aren’t loud enough
If you haven’t checked the volume yet, do so now. Some hearing devices have a remote volume control, while others require manual adjustment. Whichever type you use, try various volume settings to see if the sound becomes louder. If adjusting your volume controls isn’t making a difference to the volume of your device, a hearing health professional will be able to examine your hearing aids in more detail.
Checking for debris or blockages is also important if your hearing aids seem quieter than usual. Even a small piece of earwax can be enough to block sound, so this could explain why your hearing aids don’t seem very loud. Providing you can remove the debris with gentle cleaning, you could avoid more time-consuming hearing aid repairs.
Of course, your natural hearing function can change over time so it’s possible that you need a new hearing aid prescription. If troubleshooting doesn’t resolve the problem, contact your hearing health professional for additional advice.
Hearing aids are producing feedback
If your hearing aids are whistling, try taking them out and reinserting them. If the fit is slightly off it can affect feedback production, as may cause discomfort too.
Alternatively, try lowering the volume on your hearing device. When the volume is set too high, hearing aids tend to produce more feedback, so you’ll experience an increased amount of whistling.
Arranging hearing aid repairs
If at-home troubleshooting hasn’t fixed your hearing device, you’ll need to get in touch with your hearing health professional. There are many ways to rectify issues with hearing devices, so it’s highly likely that hearing aid repairs will be effective.
To learn more about hearing aid repairs, and how we can help, give Coastal Hearing Center a call at (843) 979-3888!