The common problems and the useful tips to handle minor hearing aid repairs at home will come in handy during an emergency. However, repeated instances of hearing aid repairs are avoidable if one takes regular care of the hearing aids at home. Below is a guide to troubleshooting hearing aid problems, let’s find out about the common hearing aid problems and how to fix the hearing aids at home.
Why Can’t I Hear Out Of My Hearing Aids?
A very common problem faced by many hearing aid users, you keep them safe at night, and the next morning they refuse to work.
Are Hearing Aid Repairs Possible At Home If They Are Dead?
You can fix hearing aids at home if the hearing aid is not broken or physically damaged. The first thing we should do is to inspect the hearing aids visually. In case of breakage or cracks in the shell, only an authorized service professional can repair them.
If there are no signs of physical damage, then read further to diagnose the issue. You may be in a position repair your hearing aids at home.
Is The Hearing Aid Battery Door Closed Properly?
Digital hearing aids do not have an On/Off switch; the hearing aid switches off by opening the battery door. If the battery door is not closed properly, then the hearing will not function.
Solution: Close the battery door properly. Your hearing aid may start working again. Since the battery door was not closed properly, the battery was not in contact with the terminals.
Is The Battery Door Not Closing?
If the battery door is not closing comfortably, do not use excessive force, it will damage the hearing aid. The reason for the battery door not closing could be that you have not inserted the battery correctly.
Solution: Remove the battery, look for the positive and negative marking on the battery as well as the hearing aid, and reinsert.
Another reason for the battery door not closing could be due to a small particle stuck in the battery door. Examine the battery drawer carefully and remove the dirt particle if any, causing the obstruction.
Have You Checked Your Hearing Aid Battery?
When did you last replace your hearing aid battery? Is it overdue? Even if it is not due, at times, the battery consumption increases due to other reasons.
Solution: If you have a battery checker, check the battery. If you do not have a battery checker, insert a new battery to confirm, if the hearing aid still does not work, it’s not a battery issue.
If you are using a rechargeable battery, confirm the charge level with a battery tester. It may be possible that due to some reason, they have not charged. Hearing aid batteries should be handled carefully, read how to care for your hearing aid batteries.
Have You Checked The Hearing Aid Listening Program Setting?
Digital hearing aids have multi-listening programs or settings. These settings change by pressing the program button. Unintentionally if the listening program switches from “Speech” to the “Telephone” mode, the microphone will cut off. For the user, the hearing aid will not give out any sound.
Solution: Press the program change button and bring it back to your regular listening program. The hearing aid may start working.
Have You Checked The Volume Control Setting?
Though, this is a very simple suggestion as long time users of hearing aids are fully aware of the volume settings.
Solution: Since most of the digital hearing aids have a press type switch or button, it is difficult to know the volume setting by looking at the hearing aid. It is safer to reconfirm by pressing the volume up/down key to ensuring that it’s in the right position.
My Hearing Aids Have Low Output
Your hearing aids are not dead, but your hearing aids are not loud enough to hear well. Check out the causes given below and how to fix your hearing aids.
As in the case of a dead hearing aid, first, you should examine them visually.
Check The Ear Moulds And The Tubing