There are many places that specialize in hearing aid repair, but before you send yours off to be fixed, you might want to try a few simple possible solutions at home.
Here a few tips for dealing with common problems.
If these tips are not effective, then it would be wise to go to a professional to properly repair them so you may enjoy using them properly.
It should always work properly, especially since we pay so much for them out of our own pockets.
If the volume on your hearing aid has become inadequate, check the temperature of the aid and battery; a too-cold aid can lead to decreased volume and make it less effective.
Also check that there is nothing blocking the hearing aid or battery, such as dirt, or debris.
Make sure the battery is secure in the hearing aid and has not been jarred loose.
This can happen easily which is why it is important to check often so that way nothing happens to your aids and you can use them without any problems.
If the level of the volume is fine, but you are hearing some type of "whistling" noise, you might be experiencing some sort of feedback.
Make sure your mold is set properly and your volume is not up too high (if it is too high and your ear does not need that, it can be very dangerous).
Remove any caps or scarves that might be blocking the hearing aid as sound can bounce off of objects and cause feedback.
If you are still hearing a whistling noise, your hearing aid may no longer fit properly and you should see an audiologist.
If you hear the whistling noise even when you are not wearing one, this unfortunately means you may very well have Tinnitus.
If your hearing aid is not working at all, there are several easy, no-cost things you can check before sending it in for repairs.
Start by making sure the on-switch is fully engaged.
If the hearing aid is turned on, but is still not working properly, test the battery using a battery tester.
Make sure it is properly installed into the hearing aid.
If the aid is on and the battery is strong, the hearing aid may be blocked by wax or other debris: inspect the aid to be sure it is free of debris.
It's important to keep good maintenance habits.
Too much debris may cause problems in the future; always keep your ears clean so this will not happen.
Do not use a q-tip because they may actually do more harm than good.
There are many excellent cleaning kits available on the market for any who need to acquire them; check with you local audiologist, they may recommend some.
They are very cheap and easy to use.
If you have used these hearing aid troubleshooting tips and it is still malfunctioning, a trip to a hearing aid professional may be in order.
A bad aid may make your hearing even worse and no one wants to go completely deaf.
We also pay many thousands of dollars on just one aid; we should be able to take care of so that way it optimally works.
If it is not functioning within the trial period, do not keep it: instead immediately return and request they send you a new one so you can hear with optimal efficiency.
Our hearing is precious, and we should never take it for granted.
The technology used to combat hearing loss that we use must be well maintained in order to have it work at optimal efficiency; if not, then it may just be a large waste of time.
Not only would be a waste of time, but it may be a complete waste of money and worst of all, you may very well hurt your hearing rather than help it.