There are some simple things you can do to prevent expensive repairs. Earwax and other debris can easily become trapped in the tiny holes and spaces of the device. To prevent this from happening, you should clean the device with a dry tissue or cloth every day. Cleaning your ears daily with a washcloth can help to eliminate a buildup of earwax.
Moisture can become trapped inside the hearing aid. Each night before you go to bed, you should open the battery compartment and remove the battery. This allows the device to air out. A dryer or dehumidifier can also help eliminate moisture.
If you are having trouble hearing, there is a checklist to go through before going down to your audiologist’s office. The first, and most easily overlooked step is to make sure your hearing aid is on. Next, turn the volume up. It is easy for the settings or volume controls to get turned down or altered. Finally, check the batteries. The batteries used in hearing aids do not drain like normal batteries; instead, they seem to go from full strength to depleted in an instant. You can check the batteries with a battery tester and replace them if necessary.
If you go through all these steps and your hearing aid is still not working, you should contact your audiologist. It may be a simple fix such as replacing the tubing in a behind-the-ear model. Most repairs can be completed right in the office. If the hearing aid is beyond repair, we will work with you to order a replacement or upgrade to a newer model.
Contact Central Florida Hearing Services at (863) 386-9111 if your hearing aid is in need of repair; we are happy to discuss all your options with you.