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When technology stops working properly, that’s when we usually notice it the most. With hearing aids that’s especially true: To most people who use them, hearing aids are more than a piece of technology; they’re a critical lifeline to the rest of society.

It’s both emotionally and physiologically essential to come up with solutions for malfunctioning hearing aids as quickly as possible. Whether you’ve been wearing your hearing aids for a week, a year, or decades, troubleshooting can be a high-stakes, troublesome process. But there are some reasonably easy measures you can try to get your hearing aid working correctly again.

Before Trouble Occurs Take Protective Measures

Any advanced piece of technology involves maintenance, and hearing aids are no different. Despite the fact that the casing might appear simple and robust, the electronics inside can be amazingly sophisticated.

So this means maintenance is a must. As you’re wearing your hearing aids, there are some things you can do that will make taking care of them easier.

Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean

Your ears naturally and normally make a certain amount of wax each day. And, to some degree, that earwax is helpful for your ears. But it’s not so great for your hearing aids. To help improve the longevity of your device keep your hearing aids clean and clear of wax. In fact, most hearing aids will come with a built-in wax filter that should also be periodically cleaned.

Don’t Let Your Hearing Aids Get Wet

Electronics and moisture don’t mix. And in spite of the best protection technology can build, consistent exposure to moisture can eventually wear out the internal electronics of your hearing aids, compromising their performance.

This means that you should not wear your hearing aids in the shower or while swimming. Also, if your hearing aids do become wet, dry them with a towel; heat from a hairdryer, as an example, can harm your hearing aids.

Schedule an Appointment With Professional Cleaners

Hearing aids are delicate (and commonly expensive) technology, and as such, they need specialized cleaning procedures. Even if you’re fairly rigorous about your own cleaning routines, there are just some things that can be better accomplished 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 Issues That Are Already Happening

Preventative steps are essential if your hearing aids are currently working properly. You’re probably more interested in quick fixes if your experiencing problems with your hearing aids not working anymore.

If your hearing aids aren’t functioning properly, try one of the following steps:

  • Examine your own ears. It’s possible that earwax accumulation in your ear canal is interfering with the sound from your hearing aid.
  • Change out your power source or battery, even if your batteries are rechargeable.
  • Adjust the volume. There will be either a volume dial on the hearing aid or a remote you can use for this. Try to do both if you have both features with your hearing aid.
  • Switch between programs or change the settings. Many hearing aids are different in this respect, so your response will depend on the model you have.
  • Turn your hearing aid of then back on. This will fix the problem in certain cases.
  • Inspect your hearing aid for wax or debris accumulate. Gently clear away any wax or debris you might discover.
  • Look for corrosion or loose wiring in the battery compartment. Any substantial damage will need to be repaired by a professional but you can try cleaning away any corrosion you find.
  • Take a good look at your hearing aids for obvious signs of damage, such as cracks or blemishes. Your hearing aid may need to be repaired if you notice any of this type of damage.

It’s likely that you will need to have the device fixed professionally if you want it back to peak performance if none of these options work.

What if Nothing I Try Helps?

When your hearing aids aren’t functioning properly anymore and troubleshooting has not addressed the problem, you will most likely have two choices: you either need to purchase a new pair or send them in for service. Which choice works better for you will depend on your circumstances, how old your hearing aids are, and other variables.

Take the time to troubleshoot your hearing aids if they aren’t working well. If that doesn’t work, you can move on to the next steps, such as a conversation with a hearing specialist to find a remedy. Make an appointment to find a solution today.