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We usually only notice technology the most when it isn’t working. That’s especially true with hearing aids: Hearing aids are an essential lifeline to the rest of society for people who use them not just a piece of technology.

It’s both emotionally and physiologically important to find solutions for malfunctioning hearing aids as quickly as possible. Whether you’ve been using your hearing aids for a week, a year, or a decade, troubleshooting can be a risky, frustrating process. But there are some relatively easy measures you can try to get your hearing aid working properly again.

Avoiding Trouble Before it Occurs

Hearing aids are no exception to the rule, like any other piece of tech, they need routine upkeep. Even though the casing may appear simple and robust, the electronics inside can be amazingly sophisticated.

As a result of this you have to keep them well maintained. As you’re wearing your hearing aids, there are a few things you can do that will make taking care of them easier.

Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean

Every day, a certain amount of wax is normally and naturally produced by your ears. And, to some degree, that earwax is good for your ears. But your hearing aids don’t do as well with it. Keeping your hearing aids clear and clean of wax can help improve the life of the devices. In fact, a built-in wax filter comes with most hearing aids that should also be cleaned periodically.

Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry

Electronics and moisture don’t mix. And despite the best protection technology can produce, consistent subjection to moisture can gradually wear out the internal electronics of your hearing aids, compromising their effectiveness.

This means that you should not wear your hearing aids in the shower or while in the pool. Also, towel dry your hearing aids if they get wet. Don’t use a hair dryer because it can harm them.

Schedule an Appointment With Professional Cleaners

Hearing aids require specialized cleaning since they are delicate, expensive technology. 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.

That’s why it’s suggested that you bring your hearing aids in to be cleaned every 4-6 months.

Troubleshooting Complications That Are Already Happening

Protective steps are essential if your hearing aids are currently functioning properly. You’re probably more interested in quick fixes if your having issues with your hearing aids not working anymore.

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

  • Adjust the volume. Sometimes you can do this via a remote or manually via the dial on the hearing aid. If your hearing aid has both options, try both ways.
  • Even if your batteries are rechargeable they will occasionally need to be changed out.
  • Turn your hearing aid of then back on. This will fix the problem in some cases.
  • Examine your own ears. Sound from your hearing aid could be blocked by earwax buildup.
  • Inspect your hearing aid for debris or wax accumulate. If you discover any wax accumulation or debris, clear them away.
  • Adjust the settings or toggle between programs. How you deal with it will depend on the model because each one is different in this regard.
  • Check for corrosion or loose wiring in the battery compartment. If you see any corrosion, you can try carefully cleaning out, but considerable damage will need to be fixed professionally.
  • Examine your hearing aids for blemishes, cracks or other obvious signs of damage. Such damage could indicate the hearing aid needs repairs.

It’s likely that you will need to get the device repaired by a professional if you want it back to original performance if none of these steps work.

What if Nothing I Try Works?

You will most likely have two choices if you’ve tried troubleshooting your hearing aid and it still won’t work: either send the hearing aids in for service or purchase a new pair of hearing aids. The age of your hearing aids, your personal circumstances, and other variables will establish which option will work best for you.

Take the time to troubleshoot your hearing aids if they aren’t working well. If that doesn’t help, you can go on to the next steps, including a discussion with your hearing specialist to find a solution. To find a solution make your appointment right away.