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Hearing Aids Repair- How to troubleshoot your device?

When speaking of hearing loss, hearing aids are the solution for most of the cases. Hearing aids can help people hear more in both quiet and noisy situations depending on each individual's need, and choosing the right one for you is a very important thing.  Hearing aids work well most of the times, but they can also fail and most of the times repairs are required and usually simple to do.

If you start to notice your hearing aids are not working properly, you should first try some simple tips before considering a professional repair:

Your Hearing Aids Stopped Working

If this is the case, the first thing to do is to make sure your device is turned on. You may also need to check if the batteries are working and inserted properly.  After you make sure your batteries are working and your hearing aids are turned on, you need to check if there is no moisture or wax clogging up your device and if the tubing is not twisted, plugged with moisture or split. It's always a good idea to check your input settings to make sure everything is setup correctly.

Your Hearing Aids Got Wet

Did you forget to remove your device before entering the shower? Were you spending a lot of time in a humid place? If your hearing aids get wet it can affect its functionality and may cause some permanent damage to your device. In order to get your hearing aids free of moisture turn the device off immediately. Remove the batteries and leave it out to dry out. Leave it sitting with the battery door open, and if possible place it in a dehumidifier pot.

You’re Hearing a Whistling Noise

The whistling noise you may hear is a very common noise called Feedback and usually simple to fix. Feedback is caused by excess of noise that is amplified, usually in the form of whistling or squealing. This is a frequent problem you will find with hearing aids but you should be able to correct this problem by simply removing the device from your ear and re insert it again. Remember that proper fit is very important when addressing feedback issues. A few common causes of feedback include cracked tubing, excess of ear wax, inaccurate fitting. Feedback is usually a quick fix but if you experience frequent feedback problems there might be something else wrong with your device.

Most hearing aids problems should be able to be fixed by checking for any moisture or wax, cleaning your device, replacing the wax filter, checking your input settings and making sure your device is turned on and by verifying that the batteries are in good working order.

How much Do Hearing Aid Repairs Cost?

Determining how much it will cost to repair your hearing aids can vary based on a few things: if your device is still under warranty, type of hearing aid you wear, type of repair and/or replacement needed.

Hearing aids wear out, break and can stop working like any other electronic device even when you make all efforts to take good care of it. Remember that it is important to keep your device clean, dry, away from moisture, and to handle it with care to make sure you will not drop it.

If you have tried troubleshooting your hearing aids and they are still not working properly, it may be time to seek professional help to get your hearing aids repaired. If you suspect your hearing aids need repair contact us for help!

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