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Hearing & Balance Doctors is currently open. We are taking special measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including offering a curbside service for hearing aids. Please call 435-688-8991 for more information. Utah: 435-688-8991 | Nevada: 702-896-0031

When Your Hearing Aid Needs Repair From A Professional

A fascinating study was conducted in 2015 about the efficacy of hearing aids. They found that not only do they assist in regaining audio function in people of all ages, but there was an additional benefit. Hearing aids actually reduce the risk of cognitive dysfunction and degeneration over time. Wearing a hearing aid and maintaining the ability to hear properly may actually help people to remain in control of their mind long into their twilight years.

This is only one of many reasons that hearing aids are crucial devices for anyone who has begun to sense a decline in their hearing. Without proper care, a patient with hearing loss may begin to lose their ability to communicate, and more. It can have a massive impact on their lives, and the lives of those around them.

If you wear a hearing aid, and you have begun to notice a decline in its functionality, it may be time for tweak, repair, or an upgrade. Here are some things you need to know moving forward.

when-your-hearing-aid-needs-repair-from-a-professional_1Can My Hearing Aid Be Maintained At Home?

In some cases, a hearing aid can be reset or fixed without ever leaving your home. Hearing aids are delicate devices, and even something as small as being placed too hard on a surface can affect its settings. That is why all models come with basic troubleshooting capabilities that can be done from home, without having to return to an audiologist or hearing equipment professional.

The first step is to make sure your hearing aid is clean. It may seem a tiny matter, but dirt, dust, ear wax or other substances can be vastly harmful to the device. You should clean your hearing aid every day after you remove it from your ear. You should also make sure your ear itself is clean and dry before inserting it. Your hearing aid should not get wet with more than a couple of drops, such as from rain.

Next, do some basic troubleshooting. Make sure that it is turned on, as it might have become turned off while you were adjusting it. Likewise, make sure the volume is turned up, as it can easily be turned down or muted without your knowing. The battery should be properly charged, as some models (especially older ones) can lose their amplification as power is lowered.

When Do I Need To Go To My Doctor?

If all of these have been checked, and still there is a problem, you may not be able to fix it yourself. This is when you know it may be time to see your doctor. Your audiologistshould be able to make repairs in their office, but they can do more than that…it may not be the hearing aid that is the problem.

Over time hearing loss can worsen, becoming a bigger problem. Conditions such as tinnitus may become more severe, or it may become harder to hear people speaking, music, or beyond noise pollution. Though your hearing aid will have helped with these problems in the beginning, it has been adjusted to match the severity of the problem when you initially had it fitted. It is possible that your hearing has further deteriorated, and a new adjustment must be made.

Seeing your doctor is an easy way to discover if the problem is with your device, or with your hearing itself. Occasional appointments should be made to monitor your hearing for any worsening problems, regardless of potential issues arising with your hearing aid.

When Should I Send My Hearing Aid In For Repair?

When you know that it isn’t your hearing, and that your device is acting up, you can send it to the manufacturer for repair. You can also find third party repair shops that handle hearing aid repairs and customization. Your doctor can give you a list of possibilities, including potential local shops. Or you can visit the manufacturer’s website for information on how to send in your device for the proper repairs or part replacements.

Because hearing aids inevitably wear down over time, it is wise to make sure there is a warranty for repairs and replacements at the time of purchase. If that warranty is still active, it will often be free to repair, or the costs will be low. Without a warranty, the costs of repairs and parts can be rather expensive. Especially on pricier models.

There are some situations where your hearing aid will most likely not be repairable. If your device is over three years old, there is visible damage on the device itself, or it has been repaired several times before, it may not be possible to fix it.

Buying a New Hearing Aid

When your hearing aid cannot be prepared, it is time to turn to a new device. Purchasing it will be much like it was the first time around, and it is best to consult with your audiologist before making a decision on the model. You may wish to get new customizations, and an exam can make sure you get what is best for you know, versus what you needed in the past.

Take extra care to check reviews to find out how frequently particular models you are interested in have to be repaired. Your best resource is another patient’s experience. You don’t want to find yourself in a few months having to go through all of these steps again.

Keep Your Hearing Aid In Tip Top Condition

Regardless of how old your hearing aid may be, it is important to keep it in the best possible condition. Read the manufacturer’s information carefully. Store it properly when not in use. Clean it in between each use. Never get it wet, and if you do get it wet you should quickly dry it. Keep the battery full, and don’t wear it to bed or in situations where it may become dislodged.

If you care for your hearing aid properly it should last for years to come. And if it doesn’t, you now know what to do.

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