Avoiding Hearing Aid Malfunctions

Jul 8, 2010 by

Statistically, hearing impaired patients replace their hearing aids about every four years. Additionally, during that four-year period, your hearing aid may have to go back to the manufacturer for repair at least three to five times. The hearing care professionals at Hear Florida offer some tips to help you avoid hearing aid malfunctions.

The most common cause of hearing aid breakdown is wax build up in the receiver port. Those metal picks that your hearing aid dispenser provides you with (for cleaning purposes) are problematic. In my opinion, you should clean your hearing aid with a soft toothbrush while holding the receiver port of your hearing aid down towards the floor so the wax will not fall back into your hearing aid.

The second most common cause of hearing aid breakdown is moisture build up, which can cause your hearing aid to work intermittently. In this case, a dry aid kit is very useful in removing moisture from your hearing instrument particularly during the more humid summer months.

A third reason for hearing aid malfunction is that most patients do not receive routine follow-up services.  Hearing aid users should return to their hearing aid dispenser at either three-month or six-month intervals for cleaning and adjustment of their hearing aid instruments. Just like your car needs an oil change every 3,000 miles, your hearing aid needs to be checked at least twice a year by your hearing healthcare professional. 

In summary, if you follow these steps, you will increase the life of your hearing aid:

  1. Clean your hearing aid every day with a soft toothbrush.
  2. Open the battery door at night to prolong the life of your battery.
  3. Ask your hearing health-care professional for a dry aid kit to alleviate moisture build up in your hearing aid.
  4. Schedule routine follow-up visits with your hearing healthcare professional at least two or three times per year.
  5. Routinely have your ears cleaned or checked by either your family physician or ear, nose and throat doctor.