How to Troubleshoot Hearing Aid Repairs
Are you having issues with your hearing aids? If you speak to a hearing health professional you may find you need hearing aid repairs. But before you do, here are some steps you can take to troubleshoot problems with your hearing aids.
Check the battery
The first step when troubleshooting hearing aid repairs will always be to check the battery. This is something that a hearing health professional will always do when you take your device in for repairs. The thinking here is that a lot of issues with hearing aids can be caused due to a low level of battery. For instance, it’s possible for a low battery to cause your hearing aids to generate sounds that distort what you are attempting to listen to. This could be anything from a buzzing to a whistling. If you have this issue, try replacing the battery. Alternatively, you might have a chargeable device. Here the battery itself can be charged or the device can be charged. Make sure that the device is at full charge and not working before taking it in for a repair.
You should also check how fast the battery is depleting. A battery that is depleting faster may need a repair or it could just be a faulty battery.
Look at the settings
Be aware that on modern hearing aids, there are multiple settings that you can explore and adjust. Your hearing health professional will typically set this up when you attend your hearing aid fitting. If you change the settings either on purpose or accidentally it might seem as though the device is not working correctly and needs a repair. A hearing health professional will always check this before attempting a physical repair.
You might also be able to alter the settings yourself. There is usually a button or switch on the device to do this. More modern devices may also have an app that you can use. This means that you will be able to control the device and alter the settings remotely.
There will always be a manual reset system built into hearing aids. You can use this to get the device back to the original settings. Essentially, you’ll be back to square one. This can be useful if you are struggling with a device that isn’t working. It can ensure that you don’t have to manually try and get back by switching each setting on an individual basis. Your hearing health professional should have shown you how to complete a manual reset. If they haven’t it will be worth contacting them.
Clean it out
Are your hearing aids dirty? It’s possible that this is the problem because things like ear wax can clog up the device and make them virtually impossible to use effectively. It’s easy to clean your device simply by using a dry cloth. Move the cloth over the device and in no time at all, it will look as good as new.
Inspect for outer damage
Finally, you should make sure that you are checking the device for outer physical damage. This could be a chip or crack on the case. If there is an issue like this, you probably will need a hearing aid repair.