Audiology Hearing Clinic of Mequon

(262) 241-3144
11649 N. Port Washington Rd.
Mequon, WI 53092
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Top Ways to Prevent Common Hearing Device Repairs

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To best care and maintain your hearing aids, knowing what problems you may encounter from day-to-day wear and tear is important. Thus informed, it will be easier to take the appropriate measures to circumvent these difficulties. Sometimes hearing aids will falter, and it is best to ensure you take them to the correct people, such as an audio professional, who can repair or offer an upgrade. These issues can often be prevented, with a little care and attention. Here are the things that most often cause problems.

1. There are squeaking or hissing sounds: Clean your aids!

No matter how advanced they are, hearing aids cannot replace missing hair cells. To compensate for this loss, hearing aids tend to amplify sounds previously heard by the missing cells. The effect obtained is not exactly the same as the original effect and it takes some learning to get used to it, especially in noisy environments. However, sometimes they make these noises because they are water-clogged or generally dirty. By keeping them away from water and moist environments, you can avoid this issue. Proper maintenance and cleaning them thoroughly will ensure you avoid these issues.  

2. The sound quality is not as good: Store your hearing aids well

Falling on a hard surface can damage your hearing aids. Store your hearing aids in a cool, dry place. Ask your hearing care professional about storage dehumidifiers to see if this may assist. Find the right storage boxes that are specifically made to remove moisture and protect the electrical workings. It also stops them from becoming damaged. Leave the battery drawer open to conserve battery power also, which is another quick tip! 

3. The performance is low: Wax removal?

Our ears naturally produce wax, but some people produce more than others. The wax may have clogged up the hearing aid. Wipe the hearing aids clean and ensure that you keep your ears clean and free from any issues. You want to ensure that you see an audiologist to see if this is contributing to your hearing issue. 

4. Poor volume: Upgrade?

An upgrade is not prevention but rather a cure; however, it is important to note that maintenance is the best prevention for poor sounds from your device. Also, digital hearing aids are great for people who want to partake in an active lifestyle. Today’s digital hearing aids auto-adjust to your surroundings and have volume control. You should consider making a switch if you haven’t already. You should also look at ensuring your hearing aid battery is in good working order. If not, this may be contributing to a lower volume or poor performance. The average battery life of a hearing aid device is three to 22 days, so be sure that if you’re a new user, that you’re aware of how to properly look after and use your device to the best of its abilities.