As it is with any electronic device, the humble hearing aids are prone to malfunction and need to be repaired to set things right all over again.
Now, they aren’t the easiest to fix, and it’s best to hand those over to experts for easy identification and resolution of all issues with it.
That said, there sure are a few things you can do that might well fix the device and help save you a few bucks as well.
In this article, we have discussed some of the highly common issues and ways to repair hearing aid devices.
Hearing Aid Not Turning On
It happens to be one of the most basic issues faced with the device. However, before you rush to get it repaired, there are a few handy techniques you can try.
To begin with, make sure you have turned the device on. That might sound intriguing, but many presume their hearing aid to be on without having turned it on in the first place.
Next, there are a few other checks you need to perform. For instance, the battery door should be adequately and firmly shut.
A telecoil setting, if present, should be turned off too. Check the batteries too. Better still, dislodge the batteries, give it a thorough clean and put those in again.
In case the batteries have worn out, simply replacing those is all that is needed for the hearing aid to be functional again.
Hearing Aid Whistling, Feedback Issues
These again are among the more common issues with hearing aids, which can be highly frustrating.
However, it usually happens when the hearing aids fail to fit into the ears properly.
That usually occurs when the ears take on a slightly different shape as part of the natural growth process.
In that case, the earmold might not make for a close fit as intended, something that only your audiologist is capable of fixing.
Another reason the earmold is not fitting well is the accumulation of ear wax.
Those get deposited on the walls of the ear canal and can alter the shape as well, to some extent.
So, one thing you can do before rushing to the audiologist is to dewax your ear and see if this solves the problem.
Also, remove your hearing aid and insert it again. Perhaps they didn’t fit in well the first time, maybe?
Hearing Aid Producing Distorted Sound
Nothing can be more annoying than having distorted sound from your hearing aid.
Also, it’s another thing that warrants a session with your audiologist though there is something that you can do—like checking the batteries.
If the batteries have worn out, those won’t supply the power that the hearing aid needs to function to the optimum.
So, check if there are any signs of corrosion with the battery.
If it has been some time that you changed your battery, see if new batteries can help solve the issue. Or, if it is a rechargeable battery, put it on charge.
Check if the batteries have been placed in the correct orientation. Further, some hearing aids have multiple settings that allow them to work effectively in different situations.
See that you are using the right setting for the right environment. Of course, if nothing seems to be working, get in touch with the audiologist.
Hearing Aid Unable To Produce Sound At All
It makes for the worst-case scenario with your hearing aid when it is not producing any sound at all.
Again, this makes for a fit case to schedule an appointment with your audiologist, though here too, there is something that you can do before that.
For instance, if there is a manual volume control function in your hearing aid, make sure it is turned on.
Otherwise, the most common reason for your hearing aid not producing sound is that it is blocked, most likely with your earwax or other debris.
The areas to check are the microphone as well as the earmold tubing. If the wax is blocking any of these points, you won’t be getting any sound.
Use proper tools to clear up the wax but make sure you don’t damage the device.
Refrain from applying heat to clean the wax as this might adversely impact the internal electronic setup.
However, if you feel you lack the equipment or the skill to do a proper cleaning job, your audiologist is the best person to get in touch with.
Hearing Aid Became Unresponsive
One reason for your hearing aid to die out is exposure to excessive moisture. Water, in any form, is one of the biggest enemies of your hearing aid.
So, if you live in a place where there is lots of humidity or sweat a lot, you need to take extra caution with your hearing aid.
The moisture or sweat can seep in and damage the internals, maybe even causing a short circuit as well.
There have even been instances of the chip getting damaged as well.
However, while there is precious little you can do if your hearing aid has indeed been damaged by moisture, there are a few precautions you can take to prevent such an eventuality.
These include using a hearing aid dehumidifier to suck out humidity inside the device.
At night, when you are not using the hearing aid, open the battery compartment to let the inside dry out. You can also use a sweatband or a hearing aid sleeve to keep sweat out.
Well, this should make for the most common set of issues you are likely to face with your hearing aid and all that you can do to set things right.
However, the thing to keep in mind here is that many delicate electronic components go into making the hearing aid.
So, it would be best not to tinker with the internals unless you know your way with the device.
Also, as with any device, your hearing aid too deserves love and care to function to its optimum.