Hearing aids are designed to provide many years of dependable service. But because they are used daily in a harsh environment subject to heat, moisture and earwax, it’s inevitable that they may occasionally experience problems. Regular maintenance can help prevent costly repairs, and will extend the life of your investment.
The most important preventive step you can take is to clean your hearing aids on a daily basis. Use a soft, dry cloth to wipe down surface areas, taking care to avoid moisture. This includes water, alcohol, solvents and cleaning fluids – all can cause damage. When you remove your hearing aids, store them in a protective case to protect them from dust and dirt. Elk Grove Hearing Care performs routine maintenance on a semi-annual basis and will test for power loss, plugged vents, dirty battery contacts and other issues that can affect performance.
Problems may still occur, but many can be resolved at home without the need for a service technician. Following are some common issues, and steps you can take to try and solve the problem at home.
- Hearing aids are producing no sound. This can indicate a dead battery or a clogged microphone or sound outlet. Try replacing the battery, cleaning the sound outlet and microphone, and replacing the wax filter.
- Hearing aids are producing feedback. Often, the problem is as simple as an improperly inserted device. Try taking out and reinserting your devices. If this does not do the trick, earwax may be to blame. Changing the wax filter may help.
- The sound is distorted or unclear. A corroded battery or dirty contacts is often the cause of distortion. Try wiping down the battery surfaces and contact points or replacing the battery. If this does not work, make sure your hearing aids are set correctly to microphone mode.
Often, these troubleshooting tips will solve the problem. If not, you will need to bring your hearing aids to our office for repair. You might want to consider upgrading to newer hearing aids depending on how long you have owned your current devices and how much it will cost to repair them.