Are you frustrated by your hearing aid’s performance?

Perhaps its performance is inconsistent, the sound is distorted, or may even it appear to be dead. Of course your audiologist is always there to help, but for those times when you don’t have time to drop by, then it’s worth checking out a few basic ‘fixes’ for yourself.

When it comes to hearing aids, issues can pop up, and sometimes what appears to be a serious problem is easily fixed at home. It’s perfectly reasonable to check out the obvious first, and if that doesn’t work, you can visit your audiologist for the necessary hearing aid repairs.

So let’s start with what seems a terminal problem, and take things from there.

Your hearing aid is dead

Panic not. It’s not unusual that the most catastrophic of failures is down to nothing more complex than a dud battery. Without power the device isn’t going to function, so before giving into frustration – change the battery. If the first battery change doesn’t help, try again with another fresh one straight out of the pack, just in case you had a couple of duds.

Another common cause of a dead hearing device is receiver tubes plugged with wax or choked with condensation. Take a careful look and try cleaning or replacing the tubing. If this cures the problem then take the hint and take action to stop it happening again. This means cleaning your ears regularly and investing in a hearing aid dehumidifier.

If both the battery and tubing are good to go, and still the device doesn’t work, then call the professionals.

The hearing aid volume is too low

People wear earplugs to muffle the sound of noisy neighbors. When your receiver or earmold is plugged, this has the same effect as wearing earplugs. Check the earmold and tubing for wax buildup, and clean accordingly.

Also, double check the volume dial hasn’t got dislodged from the regular setting. If the problem remains, consult your audiologist.

Your hearing aid sounds distorted

Simple as it sounds, a defective battery could be the culprit. If you didn’t do this earlier, now change the battery. Also, check the battery contacts for signs of rust or corrosion. This can develop when condensation gets trapped inside the battery compartment. Moisture builds up as a result of perspiration, being out in the rain, or visiting a steamy atmosphere. Prevent is simple when you open the battery compartment at the end of each day and carefully dry it out with a soft dry cloth.

If you’ve tried all of the above and the performance still isn’t what you’re used to, schedule an appointment with your audiologist to have your hearing aid repaired.