Evanston Audiology - Evanston, IL


If you have hearing aids but you’re still having difficulty hearing, your hearing aids may require professional repair.

You take care of your hearing aids. You baby them. You charge them every night and clean them daily.

But you can’t figure out why your hearing aids aren’t working efficiently and it’s very annoying. Luckily, troubleshooting the problem is fairly simple. Just remember: avoiding damage is your first job (otherwise replacing them could be necessary).

Troubleshooting Your Hearing Aid

Every model of hearing aid is different so make use of your owner manual for troubleshooting and maintenance. On most models, these things can be checked:

  • Keep your microphone clear:Sometimes, the microphone can be blocked. An obstructed microphone can create feedback or can cause your hearing aids to sound broken or silent.
  • Wax buildup: Check for wax accumulation which could be impeding the standard functionality of your hearing aids. Wax accumulates quickly so even if you have a routine cleaning schedule you still need to pay attention to this.
  • Check your battery: Always double check your battery power even if you’re sure your hearing aid charged all night. Even rechargeable batteries need to be replaced sooner or later and sometimes you may not have them inserted fully.
  • Check for noticeable damage: Check to see if there are any noticeable loose components or cracks around the shell of your hearing aid. Cracks, clearly, could indicate more significant damage (or allow).

Each of these concerns will have its own strategy so consult your owner’s manual. Self maintenance will be a possibility in some cases. (Your owner’s manual is the best place to start.)

When Does my Hearing Aid Need Repair?

If your hearing aid continues to malfunction after you have performed basic maintenance and troubleshooting, it’s probable that your hearing aid will require professional repair. That might not always seem appealing, after all, you rely on your hearing aid for daily communication (not to mention dinners with your family, keeping up to date with your favorite Netflix series, and so on).

But it’s beneficial to recognize that repair doesn’t always imply sending your hearing aid away. There are some circumstances where it can be repaired in shop while you wait.

So in those situations, you will be able to get your hearing aid back in the same day (this is the reason why it’s a good idea to bring your hearing aid to us so we can determine the damage).

Not all cases can be addressed in house though. A backup pair may be required in those situations. So if you’ve got an old pair collecting dust, ask us whether they will serve on a temporary basis. We might even have a pair we can loan you while you wait.

Don’t Wait to Get Help For Your Hearing Aids

It’s essential to get your hearing aids repaired as soon as you experience any falter or fading of the sound quality.

That’s because you want to eliminate any downtime. Your general health and your mental health are impacted by neglected hearing loss. Moreover, once your hearing aids are left in a box somewhere, it’s all too easy to pretend they don’t exist, all the while, your hearing grows worse and worse.

Your best chance of getting the maximum help from your hearing aids is to keep them working at their highest quality. Keeping them clean and charged and if necessary, bringing them in for service is the easiest way to do that.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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