It is incredibly frustrating and stressful when a hearing aid isn’t working properly or is showing signs of poor performance.  Although hearing aids are fragile, they are not necessarily damaged every time they exhibit odd signs or lowered performance. Before spending money on costly repairs or replacement, consider these  common hearing aid repairs and performance solutions.

 

A “Dead” Aid

A hearing aid that provides no help whatsoever may have several potential issues to consider.  The first and most obvious cause to this frustrating scenario is a dead battery.  Battery life may differ widely and be irritatingly unpredictable.  Even if you’ve recently replaced the batteries try a fresh set to ensure that your hearing aid is operating off a full battery. Other causes behind a “dead” hearing aid include blockage of the receiver tube.  Wax and other foreign substances may build up over time and prevent sound from properly entering and exiting the device.  Gently cleaning it with the appropriate tools and cleaners may remove the blockage and restore function. 

Inconsistent Performance 

 Another common hearing aid malfunction includes inconsistent performance levels.  A hearing aid may work fine one moment only to go silent the next.  This frustrating, unpredictable situation is almost always a sign of a low battery.  This scenario is easily remedied with a new battery.  It is helpful to note the dates of battery replacements on a calendar or planner to ensure that a low battery does not sneak up on you at an inopportune moment.  By watching the replacement dates and planning for the next low battery, you can be prepared with a fresh one the moment you notice a depleted or inconsistent performance level. 

Never Loud Enough

Initially, a hearing aid provides the proper level of assistance, but over time you may find that the device no longer offers the appropriate volume.  If you find yourself constantly adjusting the device’s volume or straining to hear, it is wise to visit a hearing specialist with your concerns. Your level of hearing has most likely changed significantly; this is a medical concern your audiologist should be aware of.  Voice your concerns and keep track of the adjustments you’ve made to your device.  Your specialist will help determine the next appropriate step. 

 

Hearing aids are amazing devices, but they can be temperamental at times.  Keep these common scenarios in mind in addition to monitoring your own level of hearing.  For more information on hearing aid care and maintenance, please contact us today.