Just like most things in life, hearing aids need a little maintenance to stay in good working order. Over time, small problems can compound into issues that necessitate hearing aid repair; fortunately, these repairs can be relatively simple, especially when you partner with a knowledgeable partner like Amdahl Hearing.
Here are some of the most common signs your hearing aid needs a little TLC.
The Sound Quality Decreased
The most noticeable sign you need hearing aid repairs is a drop in sound quality or clarity. First, check to make sure the battery is working. If that doesn’t solve the problem, your hearing aids may be clogged. A simple cleaning at home can dislodge any wax or debris trapped in the speakers.
The same goes for your ear. If you notice whistling or feedback from your device, you may have wax lodged in your own ear. Try cleaning your ears and see if that helps. Check to make sure your hearing aids are fitted properly to your ear, as an improper fit can cause sound issues.
The Hearing Aid Has Water Damage
Water is never good for electronics and can cause corrosion in your hearing aids if not quickly removed. Check to see if there is visible moisture in your hearing aids. Place them in a hearing aid dehumidifier or drying kit if you have one. When you take your hearing aids out of your ears, try to store them immediately to avoid possible water accidents.
Background Noise Takes Over
This hearing aid problem could simply be the result of an older model, but you have options. Some hearing aids have directional microphones that can be turned on and off to mitigate annoying background noise. If you’re having trouble hearing others over the noise, a remote microphone may be the way to go. This can actually be clipped onto another person to amplify their voice in your hearing aid.
When to Replace a Hearing Aid
While repairs or modifications are usually simple, sometimes an entirely new hearing aid may be the best solution. You might need a new hearing aid if:
Your Hearing Changed Drastically
While many hearing aids can simply be adjusted, sometimes getting an upgraded pair is the better option. If you notice that voices seem muffled or you’re having trouble understanding others during conversation, talk to an audiologist to figure out if your hearing changed.
You’ve Never Upgraded Your Hearing Aids
If you still have the same pair of hearing aids you purchased ten years ago, it may be time for an upgrade. Just like your smartphone, hearing aid technology advances every year, and a pair’s average lifespan is only five years. New advancements can help with noise reduction and greatly improve your quality of life.
Your Lifestyle is Different
Maybe you do more outdoor activities or switched to a work-from-home setting. Different lifestyles call for different features, like background noise reduction or Bluetooth capabilities. Work with your audiologist to explore your options and find a model that matches your current lifestyle.
Find a Hearing Aid Repair Service
Hearing aid repairs don’t have to be stressful—you can get back to improved hearing in no time. Amdahl Hearing offers affordable hearing aid repairs on models of any age or brand. If you purchased your hearing aid with us, your repair costs will likely be low or even free. When replacement is necessary, our experts can help you make the right choice for your needs and lifestyle.