Hearing aids are lifesavers for anyone who is hard of hearing or hearing impaired, and they really pack a big punch in a tiny package. However, they can also be very hard to get fixed without having to take them in, and when they break you feel the loss. Keeping your hearing aids clean and ensuring that they stay clean will help when it comes to dealing with repairs at a hearing aid repair shop.
You don’t want any earwax or dirt clogging the holes or damaging the mechanisms, so be sure to clean your ears regularly and wipe the hearing aids down with a cloth every day to prevent buildup. If earwax does get into the holes, then it isn’t a big deal, but it might produce some static when you turn on the hearing aids.
Keeping the hearing aids dry is another way to ensure that they last longer, as they shouldn’t be exposed to moisture at all. Be sure to open the aids and take out the batteries before allowing everything to air out. Hearing aid protectors can be used if you are athletic or live in a wet environment, and you can even put them in a hearing aid dehumidifier.
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Your ears can grow and change shape depending on several factors, even late in your life. If your hearing aids were working fine and fitting snuggly in your ears one day, and then felt loose or kept falling out the next, then you might need to have them resized.
Finally, if they still aren’t working inspect the hearing aids and make sure the batteries are inserted correctly and the volume is up and turned on. If you’ve done all this and the hearing aids are still not working, then you need to repair them.
Remember that sometimes, no matter how hard you can try, that your hearing aids will sometimes just stop working or break for no reason. Sometimes it’s not you causing the break, but instead just the natural life cycle of the product. Once you accept that they will someday stop working, the easier it becomes to get them repaired and back in working order again.
Repairing your hearing aids
Most of the time, your hearing practitioner will be able to fix your hearing aids without any trouble. They will either do the repairs in their facility or take it directly to the manufacturer. You’ll have to be without your hearing aids for several days, but they will usually be very communicative about when it comes to getting them done. You’ll also be told about the problem and warned how to prevent it from happening in the future.
Repairing your hearing aids yourself isn’t something you should try unless you are just troubleshooting the problem, as since they are so small and delicate, you could accidentally make things worse. However, most hearing aid repair professionals should be able to fix your problem without any delays and you’ll be back to hearing soon!