How to know if you need your hearing aid repaired

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How to know if you need your hearing aid repaired

Hearing aids have helped many people live everyday lives, but these devices often wear down over time. Here’s how to identify the tell-tale signs and realise it’s time for repair.

Wet Device
Have you noticed your hearing aid is unusually wet? Well, the designers didn’t intend for your earpiece to be waterproof. It’s supposed to be water-resistant to sustain rain and sweat. Of course, don’t wear your hearing aid in the shower or swimming pool, as moisture can affect the circuitry and wiring. Also, if you live in a humid area, there could be condensation issues with the earpieces.

Using hearing aid humidifiers can reduce complications, but any excessive water damage will need to be looked at by a professional.

Constant Whistling sound
You’ll easily sense your hearing device has a problem if you hear a constant whistling sound. Also, if you feel some wax in your ears or the earpiece doesn’t fit well, you’ll know your device has issues. Remove your hearing device and clean your ears if the whistling sound persists. Try to wear it again. If this doesn’t work, it might mean your device has a problem that requires the audiologist’s attention.

Challenges Adjusting Volume
Designers prepare hearing aids so you can adjust the volume as you desire. If you encounter challenges adjusting the volume, this should be your red flag; it means the device could be developing problems.

Physical Defects
The device may have physical defects if your hearing aid has broken components that hinder its performance and fit. The parts affected may include: model shell cracks, worn-out tubing, broken body or case.

Device Stops Working
What should you do when your hearing aid stops working? For many, the first instinct is to go for a new device. However, don’t write off a seemingly failed hearing aid that might not be dead!

Often, it would be best if you simply replaced the battery. Check the tubing that connects the receiver to the mould, as something as easy as a blockage of earwax may be causing the issue. If this isn’t the case, schedule a time to meet with an audiologist who can inspect your hearing aid for reasons preventing sound from passing through.

Key Points
Your hearing aid is a device, a manufactured machine like any other tool, and tools often require maintenance. Once you’ve identified the problem, let your audiologist handle things and diagnose a repair solution.

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