Is It Time for a Checkup – for Your Hearing Aids?

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Time for a hearing aid checkup?

Hearing aids can improve your quality of life, enhancing your everyday activities and conversations, while making it easier to stay social and enjoy life. However, hearing aids can also be delicate and easily damaged, and require regular maintenance and repair. Here are a few ways you can tell if your hearing aids are due for a tune-up.

Hearing Aids Switch Off Randomly
If your hearing aids keep switching off or refuse to turn on at all, obviously check the battery first - but if the problem persists, it could be an issue with an internal component that requires repair.

Hearing Aids Show Signs of Damage
If the hearing aid casing, tube or other component shows signs of cracking or other damage, it might be time to have them repaired before the structural weakness causes more issues. In many cases, the damage will cause a hearing aid to not transmit sound properly, rendering the device useless.

Hearing Aids Buzz or Hiss
If your hearing aids switch on and transmit sound, but you have a background issue with buzzing or hissing noises, check the battery first, just in case that resolves the issue. If not, it's best to have your hearing aid professional check them out.

Hearing Aids Are Clogged With Earwax
It is estimated that 60 percent to 70 percent of hearing aids sent in for repair are damaged by earwax. The wax can work its way into vents and receiver components, and acid in the wax can slowly degrade the plastics used to manufacture the aids. Earwax can be cleaned off with a soft, damp cloth, or with a tiny, soft-bristled brush specifically designed for hearing aids and its use shown to you by your audiologist.

Hearing Aid Batteries Are Bad
When shopping for hearing aid batteries, always check to see the date on the package, as hearing aid batteries do degrade over time. Also, don't buy bulk in advance unless the use by date is well in the future, and don't open the package until you are ready to use the battery. Keep your batteries in a cool, dark place like a cabinet, with low humidity (not in the bathroom).

These tips can help you maintain your hearing aids and know when it is time to have them serviced by a professional.

Hearing aids can improve your quality of life, but can be delicate and easily damaged, and require regular maintenance and repair. Here are a few ways you can tell if your hearing aids are due for a tune-up.