Hearing aids have come a long way over the past few decades.
They are now complex minicomputers that not only analyze and amplify incoming sound but can also connect to smartphones and stream phone calls and music.
As hearing aids have become more advanced, there is more potential for problems.
However, most of the problems we encounter at our clinic have very simple solutions that are corrected easily.
Common Problem 1: Battery Issues
Most hearing aids run on a disposable battery. Some now operate using a rechargeable battery.
If a hearing aid sounds dead, one likely culprit is the battery. The first step to troubleshooting a hearing aid is to make sure there is a fresh battery (or that the battery is fully charged).
Common Problem 2: The Hearing Aid is Plugged with Wax
This is the most common issue we see.
If you know a hearing aid has a fresh battery, but it still sounds dead, it is usually plugged with wax.
It does not take much wax to plug the end of a hearing aid. Often, this can be resolved simply by brushing or cleaning out the end of the device where the sound comes out.
Almost all hearing aids have a wax filter that can become plugged but can also be easily changed. This can generally be changed at home, but our audiology clinic can assist in changing the filter.
Common Problem 3: Mics and Loudspeakers
Hearing aids have loudspeakers (or receivers) that can usually be changed easily in our office. Microphones often have coverings that can become saturated with moisture and dirt. This can usually be fixed quickly in the clinic.
Hearing & Balance Doctors Are Experts in Hearing Aids
Our clinic, Hearing & Balance Doctors, specializes in all makes and models of hearing aids.
We can help even if you didn’t buy your hearing aids from us. If you need help with your hearing aids or have questions, please call us today at (435) 688-8991.