Just like with any other device, hearing aids can run into problems that need repairs. Sometimes an accident happens like you forget to take them out before going for a swim at the Heights Aquatic Center. Other times, normal wear and tear just take its toll.
Let’s look at some of the most common problems hearing aids encounter, as well as what you can do to help prevent damage.
Three Common Hearing Aid Repairs
- Damage caused by moisture. Moisture and humidity can wreak havoc on the electrical components of your device. Prolonged exposure or moisture buildup can weaken sound quality, shorten the lifespan of your hearing aids or cause them to malfunction completely. If you notice your hearing aids are experiencing problems after getting wet, even after having ample time to dry, call your hearing aid expert to see if any permanent damage has occurred.
- Broken tubes. Earwax or other debris can get caught in the tubing. It can also become overstretched with time, causing problems with sound quality. Thankfully, replacing tubes is a very easy fix for professionals to make.
- Broken microphone. If your microphone is damaged or broken, you may notice the volume fluctuating or that sounds seem distorted. These could also just be signs you need an adjustment from your audiologist. Either way, it’s important to make an appointment to get it checked out as soon as possible to see if repairs are needed.
What You Can Do
While you can’t always avoid damage to your hearing aids, there are steps you can take to help prevent regular issues.
- Clean them daily. Wipe them off with a soft, dry cloth every night. You can also purchase a cleaning kit that comes with a variety of tools to remove debris and keep them functioning at their highest level.
- Store them in a cool dry, place.
- Consider a drying box or dehumidifier to remove excess moisture when your hearing aids are not in use.
- Regularly replace your wax guards if you use them.
- Don’t wait until there’s a problem to check in with your hearing aid expert! Schedule regular check-ups every six months to a year to make sure your device is working properly and meeting your hearing needs.
It Might Be Time to Upgrade Your Hearing Aid
Properly caring for your hearing aids and getting repairs when needed can help ensure they serve you well for years to come. However, if your device is more than five years old, it might be time to upgrade to a newer model.
Hearing aid technology is continuing to evolve and improve the user experience. If your device is on the older side, talk with your audiologist and see if it’s time to upgrade to maximize your hearing capability.
If you have additional questions about hearing aids or wish to schedule an appointment, call the Center for Hearing & Speech today.