Hearing aids are a wonderful way to enhance diminished hearing, and great strides have been made in this field to give the wearer the best, most comfortable and most authentic experience possible. However, the hearing aids themselves can malfunction and may occasionally need repair or adjustments. Dr. Lisa Prather, your audiologist at Ear to Ear Hearing Solutions in Naperville, IL, has a few tips for her patients about hearing aid repair.
When to contact your audiologist
Decreased hearing quality, feedback (whistling or squeaking) or distorted sounds can all indicate the need for hearing aid repair. Because today's hearing aids are carefully programmed to meet a patient's individual hearing needs, Dr. Prather, your Naperville audiologist, may need to make adjustments to the aid's settings from time to time. The size and shape of the ears can also change, resulting in an improper fit that will need professional attention as well.
In some cases, problems with your hearing aids may be something simple that can be resolved at home. Many times, the problem is due to the tubing being blocked with ear wax. Your hearing aid specialist suggests detaching the tubes from the aids and thoroughly washing the tubes in hot, soapy water, being sure to rinse them thoroughly and allowing ample time for them to dry before reattaching them to the hearing aid itself. If you are unsure how to do this, please don't hesitate to contact Ear to Ear Hearing Solutions in Naperville.
You should also check to make sure the batteries are functioning: check their expiry date, their placement and make sure you're using the right size of battery. Lastly, check the volume setting to be sure it hasn't been lowered accidentally.
As always, the staff at Ear to Ear Hearing Solutions, your Naperville hearing aid repair specialist, is available for any questions or concerns you may have. Contact us without delay if you notice a problem with your hearing aids or a change in the quality of your hearing.