Man and his wife using tips to fix his hearing aids.

When technology quits working correctly, that’s when we usually notice it the most. With hearing aids that’s especially true: Hearing aids are a critical lifeline to the rest of society for people who wear them not just a piece of technology.

So identifying solutions for a malfunctioning hearing aid, and discovering those solutions as quickly as possible, is vital for both physiological and emotional reasons. Whether you’ve been wearing your hearing aids for a week, a year, or decades, troubleshooting can be a risky, troublesome process. But there are some reasonably easy steps you can try to get your hearing aid working correctly again.

Before Trouble Occurs Take Preventative Measures

Any complex piece of technology requires maintenance, and hearing aids are no exception. Even though the casing might appear simple and robust, the electronics inside can be incredibly sophisticated.

So this means upkeep is essential. As you’re using your hearing aids, there are some things you can do that will make taking care of them easier.

Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean

Each day, a certain amount of wax is normally and naturally produced by your ears. And, the ear wax is, to a certain degree helpful for your ears. But it’s not so great for your hearing aids. Keeping your hearing aids clean and clear of wax buildup can improve the longevity of the devices. The fact is that most hearing aids will come with a built-in wax filter that should also be cleaned periodically.

Don’t Let Your Hearing Aids Get Wet

Moisture and electronics don’t mix well. And despite the best protection technology can produce, consistent exposure to moisture can eventually wear out the internal electronics of your hearing aids, compromising their performance.

This Means using your hearing aids in the shower or while swimming is a bad idea. Additionally, if your hearing aids do get wet, dry them with a towel; heat from a hairdryer, as an example, can damage your hearing aids.

Schedule Time With Professional Cleaners

Hearing aids require specialized cleaning since they are delicate, expensive technology. A specialized cleaner can better achieve certain things that you can’t, even if you’re pretty rigorous about your cleaning routines.

Every 4-6 months is the suggested time between cleanings.

Troubleshooting Issues That Are Already Occurring

Even if your hearing aids are presently working, you will still need to take protective steps. You’re most likely more interested in quick fixes if your having issues with your hearing aids not working anymore.

Try one of the following steps if your hearing aids aren’t working correctly:

  • Change out your power source or battery, even if your batteries are rechargeable.
  • Cycle the device power (turn it off and turn it back on). In certain cases, this will correct the problem.
  • Inspect the battery compartment. Look for corrosion or loose wiring. Any significant damage will have to be repaired by a professional but you can try cleaning off any corrosion you discover.
  • Examine your own ears. Sound from your hearing aid might be blocked by earwax buildup.
  • Examine your hearing aids for obvious signs of damage, such as blemishes or cracks. Such damage could suggest the hearing aid needs repairs.
  • Adjust the volume. There will either be a volume dial on the hearing aid or a remote you can use to do this. Try both if you have the option with your hearing aid.
  • Toggle between programs or adjust the settings. Many hearing aids are different in this regard, so your course of action will depend on the model you have.
  • Check your hearing aid for debris or wax accumulate. If you find any wax buildup or debris, clear them away.

It’s likely that you will have to get the device repaired professionally if you want it back to peak condition if none of these options work.

What if Nothing I Try Works?

When your hearing aids aren’t working well anymore and troubleshooting has not taken care of the problem, you will most likely have two choices: you either have to get a new set or send them in for service. The age of your hearing aids, your personal situation, and other factors will establish which choice will work best for you.

If your hearing aids aren’t functioning well right now, take the time to try some troubleshooting. If that doesn’t help, you can go on to the next steps, such as a conversation with a hearing specialist to determine a solution. To find a solution make an appointment right away.