I went to put on my hearing aids today and they are not working. I am wondering if there are any tips I can use to try and fix my hearing aid before I visit my audiologist. What would you recommend?
If your hearing aids do not work it doesn’t automatically mean they are broken forever. There are a few simple checks you can do before you go to your hearing care professional.
The first thing, although it sounds obvious, is to check the battery. Or if you have a rechargeable hearing aid check that the hearing aids are charged and that the charger is working properly. It is also possible with some hearing aids to check the status of the hearing aid battery through an app on the phone. The next thing to do is check for blockages or breaks.
For receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aids, you need to check that the wire is intact. Also, it is important to check that the little hole that the sound comes through and the dome are not blocked with wax. For breakages, you will need to get a new one from your hearing care professional. For wax blockages, you may be able to remove the wax with a tissue or a small brush that sometimes comes with the hearing aid.
For behind the ear (BTE) hearing aids you need to check the tubing of the earmold/earpiece to check there are no blockages from moisture or wax. If you can detach the tube together with the mold from the hearing aid you can use a puffer to blow debris or moisture out of the tube. If there is wax blocking the end of the earmold you can use a tissue.
For custom or in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids, you need to check for wax/debris blockages
The wax can sometimes be wiped away with a tissue or you may have been supplied with wax guards that fit onto the hearing aid that can be removed and replaced. You may have been shown how to do this but if not your hearing care professional will be able to do this for you.
Follow these tips to help prevent any hearing aid problems.
1) Always try to put them in their protective case when you are not wearing them
2) Protect them from excessive moisture.
3) Protect them from extreme temperatures.
If you cannot fix the problem yourself then please return to your hearing care professional who will be able to help you.
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