If you wear hearing aids and you notice a deterioration in sound clarity, you may think it’s time to replace your hearing aids. In some cases, that may be correct, but it may be that your hearing aids simply need a bit of care and attention. Even if they have developed a serious fault, you may be able to find a specialist offering to repair hearing aids. However, before looking for somebody to repair hearing aids, carry out these simple checks.
- Check the battery
If you use disposable batteries, replace them with brand new ones. If you have rechargeable batteries, make sure they are charged. Keep in mind that rechargeable batteries will eventually lose their ability to absorb power. If you have had your rechargeable batteries for many years, try some new ones.
- Clean your devices
When you got your hearing aids, you should have received cleaning instructions. Aids can become blocked with wax, dust and grime. This can reduce the effectiveness of both the microphone and the speaker. Give your devices a good cleaning and try them again.
- Analyze yourself!
If may be that you are developing a head cold. You know that that can affect your hearing. If possible, wait a few days to see if your hearing improves naturally, or if you develop further symptoms of having a cold. Maybe your hearing has got worse and you need a new hearing test.
- Check your settings
You could have unknowingly changed your volume, or any other levels that your device lets you control. Check that all the settings you can control are set properly
Still not working properly?
You now have to decide whether to repair or replace. If you have no spare aids, you will have to do without your aids while they are in a hearing aid repair center. If you decide to get new hearing aids, you can still use your existing aids until you get your new ones.
Keep in mind that technological advances happen at an extraordinary rate. If you have had your existing hearing aids for a long time, chances are that newer ones will be much better for you.
The bottom line may be the difference in price. Remember that new aids will usually be more expensive than repaired ones, but they are likely to be better quality and they are likely to have a longer life. Therefore, if there is not a big difference between the repair and replace prices, replacing is probably the best option.