If you care for your hearing aid properly and give it a little tender-loving care, it will serve you well. Unfortunately, as with most things, sometimes hearing aids stop working. If it does, there are a few things you can do to troubleshoot, and, hopefully, get your hearing aid back up and running again.
When your hearing aid seems to die, first check the opening of the speaker for wax and dirt. If you see some, use the tool that came with your hearing aid to clean the speaker and microphone. Then try your hearing aid again. With a bit of luck, the problem is solved! Blockage by wax is one of the most common causes of hearing aid malfunctions. Be sure to replace the wax guard, if your hearing aid has one, every two or three weeks to reduce wax build-up.
Another common cause of a malfunctioning hearing aid is a weak or dead battery. Try placing a new battery into your hearing aid and retest it to see if it takes care of the problem. The best way to use a new battery is to peel off the tab and let it rest for five minutes before putting it into your hearing aid. This way, the battery gets a full charge and longer life.
Check your hearing aid regularly to make sure there's no corrosion in the battery compartment. Corrosion can happen if your hearing aid is regularly exposed to moisture or humidity, so keep it as dry as possible. Use the drying kit that came with your hearing aid or ask your audiologist about getting one.
Hopefully, after doing these two things, your hearing aid is functioning properly again. If not, make an appointment with your audiologist. They can look in your ear canals and make sure wax accumulation isn't affecting your ability to hear. If not, your audiologist may be able to troubleshoot and fix your hearing aid in the office. When necessary, they can send it to the manufacturer for further troubleshooting and repair.
Almost anything malfunctions once in a while, but with proper care you should have less hearing aid downtime.