Hearing aids are amazing devices—except when they’re not working properly. Just like other pieces of technology, they can sometimes experience technical issues. Take a look at some common hearing aid problems and how you can solve them.
There are several hearing aid issues that can typically be solved by some simple troubleshooting steps and may not require hearing aid repairs. These include:
If your hearing aid has been physically damaged, the case has been cracked or it doesn’t fit properly anymore, you should schedule an appointment with your hearing care professional.
Most common hearing aid issues can be solved be checking the settings or cleaning out wax or debris. Follow these steps if you’re experiencing the problems listed above.
Make sure your hearing aid is turned on. This may seem obvious, but hey, it happens to all of us!
Remove your hearing aid and re-insert it. It may not have been placed in your ear properly.
If your hearing aid has a manual volume control, make sure it isn’t turned all the way off.
Make sure the battery is placed in your hearing aid properly.
Try replacing your hearing aid battery, or, if you have a rechargeable battery, charging it.
Make sure there’s no ear wax or other debris in the earpiece and clean if necessary.
While there are some simple ways to troubleshoot hearing aid issues, it’s best to prevent problems before they even happen. The most effective way to do this is to clean and care for your hearing aids regularly. Here are some simple tips:
Similarly, keeping your ears themselves clean will help minimize issues like debris and moisture in your hearing aids.
If you’re not able to solve your hearing aid issue on your own, the next step would be to see your hearing care professional. Schedule an appointment if:
Depending on the type of repairs needed, your provider may be able to do them in-store during your appointment. Sometimes, however, that’s not possible and they have to be sent to the manufacturer for the necessary repairs.
There are several things that may be wrong with your hearing device if you're troubleshooting. Some common things that your hearing care professional or the manufacturer may need to repair include:
Many hearing aids come with a warranty when you purchase them. This is something you should consider when speaking with hearing care professionals and deciding what hearing aid provider to choose. Miracle-Ear offers a limited 3-year warranty* that covers all repairs, so you can always make sure your hearing aid is working exactly as it should.