Man and his wife using tips to fix his hearing aids.

We tend to notice technology the most when it isn’t working. With hearing aids that’s especially true: Hearing aids are a crucial lifeline to the rest of the world for people who use them not just a piece of technology.

So discovering solutions for a malfunctioning hearing aid, and discovering those solutions quickly, is vital for both physiological and emotional reasons. Troubleshooting can be a difficult, risky process whether you’ve been wearing them for a week, a year, or decades. But there are some relatively easy measures you can try to get your hearing aid working properly again.

Before Trouble Occurs Take Protective Measures

Any complex piece of technology involves maintenance, and hearing aids are no exception. Even though the casing might look simple and robust, the electronics inside can be extremely sophisticated.

Due to this you need to keep them well maintained. As you’re using your hearing aids, there are some things you can do that will make taking care of them simpler.

Keeping Your Hearing Aids Clean is a Must

Every day, a certain amount of wax is normally and naturally produced by your ears. And, the ear wax is, to a certain degree good for your ears. But your hearing aids can be damaged by it. Keeping your hearing aids clean and clear of wax buildup can help improve the life of the devices. In fact, a built-in wax filter comes with most hearing aids that should also be periodically cleaned.

Don’t Let Your Hearing Aids Get Wet

Electronics and moisture don’t do well together. And in spite of the best protection technology can build, repeated exposure to moisture can eventually wear down the internal electronics of your hearing aids, reducing their performance.

This Means wearing your hearing aids in the shower or while swimming is not a good idea. In addition, if your hearing aids do get wet, towel-dry them; heat from a hairdryer, for example, can hurt your hearing aids.

Make an Appointment With Professional Cleaners

Hearing aids are delicate (and often expensive) technology, and as such, they call for specialized cleaning practices. Even if you’re pretty rigorous about your own cleaning habits, there are just some things that can be better achieved by a specialized cleaner.

Every 4-6 months is the suggested time between cleanings.

How to Diagnose Existing Issues

Protective steps are important if your hearing aids are currently working properly. You’re most likely more interested in quick fixes if your experiencing issues with your hearing aids not working anymore.

If your hearing aids aren’t working properly, try one of the following steps:

  • Inspect the battery compartment. Look for corrosion or loose wiring. If you see any corrosion, you can attempt to carefully clean it away, but significant damage will need to be repaired professionally.
  • Adjust the settings or switch between programs. How you deal with it will depend on the model because they’re all different in this regard.
  • Turn your hearing aid of then back on. In some cases, this will correct the problem.
  • Inspect your hearing aids for blemishes, cracks or other noticeable signs of damage. Your hearing aid might need to be fixed if you notice any of this type of damage.
  • Even if your batteries are rechargeable they will periodically need to be replaced.
  • Check your own ears. It’s possible that earwax buildup in your ear canal is interfering with the sound from your hearing aid.
  • Inspect your hearing aid for wax or debris build up. If you discover any wax accumulation or debris, clear them away.
  • Adjust the volume. There will be either a volume wheel on the hearing aid or a remote you can use for this. Try to do both if you have the option with your hearing aid.

If none of these tips address your hearing aid problems, it’s likely that you’ll have to have the device repaired professionally in order to return it to peak functional condition.

What if That Doesn’t Fix My Hearing Aids?

When your hearing aids aren’t functioning properly anymore and troubleshooting has not resolved the problem, you will most likely have two options: either send the hearing aids in for service or purchase a new pair of hearing aids. Which option works better for you will vary depending on your situation, the age of your hearing aids, and other factors.

Take the time to troubleshoot your hearing aids if they aren’t working properly. If that doesn’t work, you can move on to the next steps, such as a conversation with a hearing specialist to find a remedy. Schedule an appointment to find a solution today.