A hearing aid repair can be an expensive and a time consuming process that you’ll probably want to avoid. It can be frustrating if you constantly have to visit your audiologist to get your hearing aids fixed. The good news is that a lot of repairs have remarkably simple fixes that most people miss. Some of the common problems with hearing aids include:

  • Trouble turning them on
  • Switching off intermittently
  • Unwanted background noise
  • Issues with the tubing

All these problems may be fixed though with some simple, effective troubleshooting solutions. So, let’s look at some of the issues, the causes and the tricks you can try before you book an appointment for a repair.

Are they off or on?

It’s important to be aware that the on and off switch for hearing aids are remarkably small. They’re so small in fact that it’s quite common for people to think their hearing aid is switched on when in reality it is switched off. If you are having this issue, try and flick the switch and see what happens. You’ll probably be surprised but there’s no need to feel embarrassed. Everyone makes this mistake at one point or another.

Are the batteries working?

It’s also possible that the batteries are the issue. There are a few problems that you can encounter with batteries. The first is that they are not in the right way. Hearing aid batteries can be fidgety and if they are not put in properly they won’t work at all. It’s best then to ask your audiologist exactly how your batteries fit inside your device.

You might also find that different battery brands are not as effective as others. Some users do find that better high quality brands will ensure that they get the best experience possible when using their hearing aids. Or, finally, it’s possible that the batteries are running low and need to be replaced or recharged.

Is there an issue with the tubing?

Behind-the-ear hearing aids work by connecting the main part to a mold that fits inside the ear. This tube can get clogged up with earwax and grime from your ear. The ear is self cleaning so it’s quite common for hearing aids to get covered with ear wax. To make sure they continue to operate effectively, they need to be cleaned. An audiologist can show you how to do this without risking damage to the device Typically, you just need a good damp cloth that you can delicately go over the different parts with.

When will you need a repair?

You’ll need a repair if none of these steps have any impact on the operations of your hearing aid. An audiologist can help you there. Depending on the extent of the repair, they will either allow you to wait or send you away. In cases like this a repair will probably take at least a couple weeks. Don’t worry though because most audiologists will provide you with temporary hearing aid set that you can use until your device is fixed.