A hearing aid is a complex piece of equipment, and that means it can be prone to the occasional issue sometimes. While in most cases, you can rely on hearing aids to function properly with very little issue, you might find yourself in a situation where something doesn’t seem to be working. Here are some ways to help you correct any problems with your hearing aid at home.
Make Sure it’s Clean and Dry
When your hearing aids are in your ears for long periods of time, then it is easy for them to start collecting earwax or even dust from the air. This can easily clog the microphone and main ports, which impact the function of the hearing aid. The best way to clean your hearing aids is with a dry tissue or soft cloth. Ideally, you should wipe down your hearing aid once a day to prevent buildup. If you feel like your hearing aids aren’t working properly, then start by cleaning them to see if that helps. Even cleaning your ears can make a big difference, as long as you avoid using cotton swabs.
How to Troubleshoot
If a simple cleaning doesn’t seem to help, then it’s time to look for other possible solutions. Troubleshooting is all about testing out each element of your device to make sure there isn’t a problem. Start with the batteries by charging them or getting fresh ones and making sure they’re properly installed. Then you can try turning your hearing aid off and back on. If this approach doesn’t yield results, then try adjusting the volume levels because they might have been bumped and changed by accident.
When All Else Fails
Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can to repair your hearing aid if it is broken. Sometimes the wiring can get loose, especially for BTE, behind the ear, models. Also, if a hearing aid gets too wet, then it could get damaged. If you have tried everything to get your hearing aid to work without success, then you should call your audiologist. Sometimes they can help you figure out adjustments that are specific to your hearing aid type, or they might refer you to the manufacturer if nothing else can be done.
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