You do not need to make a trip to an audiologist every time there is a problem with your hearing aid. In fact, some common problems can be easily fixed with basic troubleshooting (saving you both time and money).

Hearing aid is not working at all

The dead or depleted battery is one of the primary reasons the hearing aids go dead. Try and recharge the battery and see if you can power the instrument up. If it still does not work, you may need to replace the battery altogether. Sometimes, the hearing instrument does not work when there is a blockage in the receiver tube. Clean the section and remove the blockage. If none of this works, then there is a good chance the instrument may be defective or damaged. You may need to get it checked by a professional then. 

Volume control isn’t functioning

Volume control is an important part of the hearing aid as it helps you regulate the sound levels. These controls are used extensively, many times during the day. The oils released from the skin can cause the grime and dirt to build up not only over the volume control but also underneath it. The dirt under the wheel prevents the volume control to function properly. You can get rid of the dirt with the help of the special brush meant for cleaning your hearing aid. Usually, it is the part of your kit. If not, you can buy it separately. Clean it properly unless the volume control starts working again normally. 

Persistent buzzing sound

This is a pretty common problem usually with the old-style hearing aids. Some of the older models feature the telephone switches (and some even may have the noise reduction switches). The new technology has rendered the switches unnecessary. However, the older ones may still experience the issue. If you are hearing constant buzzing sounds, you may want to have a look at the telephone switch and ensure that the telephone toggle is not on. If the switches aren’t working normally, you may need to clean the dirt with the brush. 

Memory buttons not working

The modern hearing aids feature many memory buttons. While many users do not find them of any worth, some people still buy the devices with multi-memory switches. These switches allow the users to change the settings for various environments. If the memory buttons seem to be stuck or not working, it could be due to the skin oil deposited around and underneath them. So, all you need to do is use the brush to clean the grime out. 

Microphones aren’t picking up clear sound

If you feel that you have set up the device correctly and yet the sound is not amplified or the volume is too low, there is a great probability that the microphones are not working properly. The microphones are quite small and you can spot them on the faceplates of the device. The faceplate is the section of the device that faces out. You can use the brush to clean the microphone but make sure the bristles of the brush are not forced into the holes as it may cause damage to the hearing aid. 

If you work through these troubleshooting tips and still fail to get your hearing aids working properly, don’t hesitate to schedule a visit with your hearing care provider to have them check out your devices.