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How to Tell if You Need Hearing Aid Repairs

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As well as needing maintenance from time to time, your hearing aids may require repairs if something goes wrong. Although there are various causes of hearing aid malfunctions, there are also some easy ways to spot when your hearing aids need repairing

Excessive feedback or whistling

If you notice that your hearing aid is making more noise than usual, it’s likely that repairs will be needed. Whistling and feedback can be uncomfortable and can also have a negative impact on the functionality of your device.

If you feel that your hearing aids are producing more feedback than usual, it’s important to consult your audiologist. If hearing aid repairs are needed, your audiologist may be able to carry these out on site or they will arrange for more extensive repairs to be performed.

Loss of hearing function

Hearing aid repairs may be needed if your device doesn’t seem to work as well as it once did. Even if you can’t pinpoint any problems with your digital hearing aids, a general reduction in performance is certainly worth seeing your audiologist about.

If your batteries have been changed and your device is generally well-maintained, there could be an internal malfunction causing the drop-in performance. If so, professional hearing aid repairs can rectify the problem and restore your device. 

Visible damage

When you can see damage on any part of your hearing aids, it’s important to make an appointment with your audiologist. Although the device may seem operational, cracks or holes in the device can lead to malfunctions and further damage may occur.

By acting quickly and obtaining hearing aid repairs swiftly, you can prevent the problem from becoming worse. Furthermore, hearing aid repairs can be carried out more quickly if you seek professional assistance while the damage is minor. If you leave it too long, your hearing aids may need to be sent to a specialist center for repair, which could take significantly longer.

Frequent battery changes

Your audiologist will tell you how often you’ll need to change the battery on your hearing aids, as this can vary from person to person and may depend on the specific device you’re using. However, you may notice that you’re having to change your batteries far often than usual. If so, there may be a reason why your device is draining the batteries excessively and hearing aid repairs may be needed.

By taking your hearing aids to be assessed by your audiologist, you can ensure that the device is working optimally and minimize the risk of further problems occurring. 

When to consult your audiologist

If you notice a specific problem with your hearing aids or you’re concerned they’re not working as they should, it’s essential to contact your audiologist. With professional input, you can determine exactly what’s causing your device to malfunction. Once your audiologist has diagnosed the problem, he or she will be able to arrange for effective hearing aid repairs to be carried out as quickly as possible. 

For help with hearing aid maintenance, or to get help on picking out the best hearing aids for you, give Sparks Hearing & Balance a call at (775) 546-2264.