Audiologists specialize in diagnosing and treating hearing-related issues
How to Tell if You Need Hearing Aid Repairs
Now and then, all your technological devices require a little care and the same applies to your hearing aids. Your hearing aids should last longer when you get into the habit of some light everyday cleaning and allowing them to air out overnight.
Despite this, it may be necessary to replace your hearing aids due to their tiny component for optimal performance. Should this be the case, you may need to book a trip to your audiologists for immediate replacement. But how do you know if your hearing device needs hearing aid repairs? These four signs should guide you.
The hearing device stopped working
Fortunately, a 'dead' hearing aid isn't generally as fatal as it appears. When you encounter this issue, you should first remove your device battery and replace it with a new one since flat batteries can easily imitate a goosed hearing aid. Similarly, check the fine tubing that interfaces the ear shape to the receiver.
If it happens to be impeded with earwax or clogged with build-up will block the flow of sound. You may be required to replace the tubing and the problem is solved. If you have checked your power switches, replaced batteries and your tubing is problem-free, then you should certainly follow up with an audiology appointment.
A decline in hearing quality
While you may hear sounds coming from your hearing aids in some instances, the sound could be shallow. Low hearing quality could be a genuine problem regardless of whether you increase the volume to the highest possible. This problem may have to do with your device's microphone.
Occasionally, the wax build-up may cause the volume on your hearing aid to remain low. You will therefore require the services of your audiologist to perform a cleaning and maintenance. Should the problem persist even after a thorough cleaning, your audiologist will focus on your device's internal parts to resolve the issue.
Physical damage to the device
There will be visible physical damages to your hearing aids when you regularly drop or accidentally hit them against something. Physical damages to your hearing devices may include scratches, breaks or anything in between. Quite often, you can replace components of hearing aids such as tubes effortlessly. However, the fixing can get complicated, especially when a straightforward part replacement won't do.
If your audiologist can't repair or replace damaged parts required for your device to function again, they will send it to the device manufacturer.
Hearing aid producing a whistling sound
A continuous whistling sound can be attributed to a wrongly positioned earpiece, wax in your ears or a hearing aid defect. If you are faced with whistling trouble, remove the device from your ears and consider how to supplant it. Should this prove inefficient, you may have to clean your ears using an ear cleaner. However, if whistling persists, then it may well be a flaw in the hearing device. Whatever you do, never use cotton swabs to clean your ears.
Do you have any issues with your hearing aids yet can't seem to find the solution? Do schedule an appointment with your audiologists to find out whether your device can be fixed or repaired.