5 Signs Your Hearing Aid May Need Repairing

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Today’s hearing aids are impressive micro-devices packed with high-tech microphones and amplifiers to boost hearing. These hearing aids are a wonderful tool that enables you to hear the beautiful sounds of life – when it’s working properly! Mostly, they work well but, from time to time, there are tell-tale signs that a hearing aid may need repair. But how do you know if there’s a problem? When does your hearing aid need repair? What should you look out for?

Here are 5 key signs that it’s time to get your hearing aid repaired.

1.     Troubleshooting hasn’t worked

As with any gadget, it’s worth doing a bit of troubleshooting to see if there’s a simple fix before you consider a full repair.

Basic troubleshooting for your hearing aid means:

  • Making sure it’s turned on
  • Checking the volume is at the right level (has it been accidentally turned down?)
  • Checking your battery – is it properly charged and correctly placed?
  • Checking the tubing if it’s a behind-the-ear model – does it look right?

Often, the problem is a simple one and basic troubleshooting saves the day. But, if it doesn’t work and your hearing aid still isn’t working properly, then it may be time to get it repaired.

2.     The volume fluctuates

Your hearing aid is meant to enable you to hear at a comfortable and reliable volume level.

It can be quite frustrating if your hearing aid starts to be too quiet in some situations and far too loud in others.

If that’s happening to you – if you’re experiencing fluctuations in volume – then your hearing aid may need repair.

3.     You hear whistling or squeaking noises

These annoying sounds are caused by feedback, which happens when the sound coming out of your hearing aid escapes your ear canal and is picked up by your hearing aid’s microphone. It can sound like a squeal, screech, whistle, loud buzz or hiss.

Feedback can happen if:

  • Your hearing aid doesn’t fit properly
  • You have a build-up of wax in your ears, which stops your hearing aid’s amplifier from working properly (see your audiologist for ear wax removal)
  • Your microphone is blocked with wax or debris
  • There are mechanical or electrical problems with your hearing aid.

We want you to hear easily and clearly. If you’re experiencing whistling or squeaking noises, please let us take a look at your hearing aid.

4.     You hear static

If you’re hearing static or ‘white noise’ then it usually means your hearing aid should be examined for internal problems like:

  • Moisture
  • Dying batteries
  • Defective electronics.

5.     It’s suffered damage

Hearing aids can withstand quite a bit of wear and tear but they’re not bulletproof. Your hearing aid may become damaged if you drop it, forget to take it off before diving in the pool or if you store it incorrectly.

You might not see moisture damage caused by storing your hearing aid in the bathroom but you can see other types of damage. If your hearing aid is cracked or looks damaged in any way, then please bring it in for a check-up.

How can Active Audiology help

We want you to enjoy all the sounds of life – funny stories, laughter, birdsong and more. Your hearing aid is there to help you hear well. If it doesn’t seem right, then please bring it in. Our qualified, experienced audiologists will listen as you describe the problem and then recommend a way forward.


All information is general in nature.

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