Ask Away Blog: 3 Common Hearing Aid Issues

3 Common Hearing Aid Issues

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

 
Statistics indicate that 28.8 million people need hearing aids but do not utilize them. On the other hand, those who use hearing aids report how beneficial these devices have been. However, they sometimes do not work due to internal or external damage that requires repairs. That said, here are three common hearing aid repairs to look out for.

Random switching off by itself

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Every hearing aid is designed with a switch button, but sometimes, the device will turn off by itself. This is one tell-tale sign that your device needs repairs. In most cases, this happens because of a problem with the hearing aid’s batteries; the battery may have run down and needs to be replaced. However, if the problem persists after changing the battery, you could be facing a more technical problem. The switch button in your hearing device is connected to tiny wires contained within the casing by design. Therefore, when there’s a tear or break in any wire, they lose contact and result in unregulated switching off.

Static sounds

Sometimes, a hearing aid repair is required due to issues with uncontrolled humidity. When moisture builds up within the internal components of your hearing aids, the result is usually static sounds. If you’ve ever tried tuning into a radio frequency but cannot quite get it right, those short and constant crackling sounds are known as static. That is what many users tend to hear when their hearing devices are in use. Usually, moisture accumulates in your hearing aid due to the failure to air them out often.

For example, after wearing your device for several hours, heat and humidity get trapped inside the shell. After a while, condensation takes place, which results in tiny drops of water in the device. For other users, static sounds are a result of improper device care. For instance, even though the hearing specialist cautions against wearing the device in the shower or swimming at the fitting, not everyone adheres to it. Consequently, flouting the maintenance rule results in damage that requires repair work.

Physical damage to the device

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Does your hearing aid drop onto the floor or hard surfaces frequently? Do you also see cracks or distortions along the edges of your device? Physical damage to hearing aids usually happens because of repeated falls onto any hard surface. In some instances, a sudden impact may not necessarily show on the outer parts of the device. However, there is a high possibility of breakage within its internal components.

If your device is the BTE type, the connecting tube or hook could break from a fall. Sometimes, the hook can be repaired, but the device may have to be changed entirely if it has more severe damage. Another common issue is a gradually declining sound quality, even when the hearing device is set at a high volume. In effect, any change you notice that is contrary to how it was before can be a sign that your device needs repair work. Your hearing aids are vital to your wellbeing, and it’s in your best interest to take good care of them.




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