Signs that you need to fix or replace your Hearing Aid
If you are having problems with your hearing aids, you may need to have them repaired or replaced. Hearing aids are just like many kinds of tech out there; at some point, they will start to break down or develop faults particularly if you have had yours for a long time. Depending on the extent of the damage, hearing aids can be repaired, fixed with replacement parts or the entire model can also be replaced. So how do you know that your hearing aid needs to be fixed or replaced? Here are some signs that can help you figure it out:
You are having a hard time hearing
Although it might seem obvious to have your hearing aid replaced when you start having trouble hearing people, the hearing loss might not be immediately noticeable at first because the loss is usually so gradual that it may take you a while to notice. Hearing aids do degenerate over time so if you are suddenly finding it harder to understand people, you may need to have your hearing aid seen by a professional in order to improve your quality of hearing.
Your hearing aid has stopped working altogether
If your hearing disappears altogether, it might be that your device has stopped working completely and it could be as a result of several reasons. Sometimes hearing aids stop working commonly due to a dead battery. If this is the case, the good news is that it can be fixed with a simple battery replacement. Other times, the tubing that connects the receiver to the ear mold may have gotten clogged up by wax, in which case the tuning will have to be replaced. If you check and find that none of these issues to be the cause, your next stop should be your audiologist’s office.
You have had your hearing aid for more than 5 years
Although hearing aids today have improved in quality since the days of yore, most hearing aids are realistically designed to serve you between 4 and 6 years. All hearing aids, even the best ones, are bound to break down at some point. Because of the natural exposure to components such as wax and moisture, those complex devices are not meant to last forever no matter how well you take care of them. Therefore, if you have had your hearing aid for some time, you may want to have it replaced not only to improve your quality of hearing but also so you can get one with more advanced features and capabilities.
Article By: Hearing Aid Labs