Hearing loss is an issue that hits most people at one time or another. We never know when we’re going to have to face any kind of problem with our hearing. Something may happen instantly due to an impact injury, or you may lose your hearing as you get older. It affects most humans, so it’s a fairly natural progression in this life. 

Fortunately, we have many helpful devices and services at our disposal that can help an awful lot. Hearing aids, specifically, are the most popular piece of equipment around and can really improve one’s life once installed. The noises around are amplified thanks to the device, and it’s almost as though someone’s hearing is back to how it once was. 

They’re not flawless, however, and they’re not indestructible. They’re inventions that will need maintenance and replacing from time to time in order to produce the best possible performance. If you’re likely to receive a hearing aid soon and aren’t aware of the signs that tell you if your hearing aid needs to be repaired, then here are some pointers: 

Inconsistent volumes

When dealing with a fully functioning hearing aid, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re receiving the same kind of noises throughout the weeks and months you’ll be wearing it. At no point should you ever experience confusion in terms of the sounds entering your device. Sure, like fully functioning ears, different sounds will provide different volumes. Some faulty hearing aids produce different volumes when listening to the same, consistent noise. If you ever experience this, then it’s time for a repair job. 

Significantly worse quality

It’s an obvious point, but one that should be made. If your hearing aid technology is outdated, then you should look to replace it or repair it. If you feel as though something can be done, then you should speak to your audiologist first. If your hearing aid’s ability has completely faltered, then you’ll need to ensure you remedy the situation as quickly as possible. 

No sound at all 

If your device does not produce any sound at all, then this will be an indicator that you need to repair or replace. Insufficient power can negatively impact your devices sound, so try fixing this issue by replacing the batteries. While adjustment may sever as a temporary fix, you will likely require a new device. 

Static noises

Static noises are, as you’d expect, not meant to be a part of your hearing experience. Static noises come from a build-up of moisture and dirt, typically. It may also just be a case of a few settings being slightly adjusted from where they should be. In this case, you’ll probably need to take it to your audiologist so that they can restore it back to how it once was.

Clear physical damage

To assess the health of your device, closely examine the condition of the body and intricate components. Even with proper maintenance and cleaning, all technology is vulnerable to wear and tear after years of use. If you notice any physical damage to your hearing aids, schedule an appointment with your audiologist to have your devices inspected. 

Your balance and perception are off

Sometimes, you may not notice that the device is faulty and in need of repairs or replacements. You may have become accustomed to the way in which they perform and behave, so you’re unaware that something may be wrong. What you may notice, is that your own ability to perceive certain things may be a little shaky once again. 

You may also be dealing with issues surrounding your balance and equilibrium. If this is the case, then it may be that your device isn’t doing the job it needs to do. It’s wise to speak to your audiologist if you have an inkling that this may be the case. 

If you’re looking to get a hearing aid in the near future or you feel as though you need to find an audiologist with the right amount of expertise and experience, then those at Imagine Hearing Solutions will be able to provide the right services for you. Call us at (530) 392-4533 if you wish to book an appointment. They’re also available should you need repairs or replacement devices.