Hearing aids are an amazing solution to those who have suffered from hearing loss. Gone are the days of big, bulky and uncomfortable devices that are embarrassing to be seen wearing and emit loud squeals without warning. The hearing aids of today are small, sleek and discrete. Some are so tiny they can be worn completely inside the ear, making them invisible to the rest of the world. Phonak's popular Lyric model is worn 24/7 and requires zero handling. Other devices may be digital, wireless or water-resistant.
There are dozens of brands of hearing aids and each brand has a long list of models. The hearing aid industry invests millions of dollars into researching hearing loss and exploring new technologies each year. The technological features possessed by modern hearing aids is complicated and advanced.
This technology is the reason so many more people have been given the gift of crisp and clear hearing in the last decade. It allows a greater range of people who have experienced hearing loss to receive a higher level of sound. The hearing aids are so small and easy to operate that they don't interfere with the wearer's life. In fact, they raise their quality of life so drastically that the wearer may become extremely stressed if they aren't working properly.
It's natural to want your hearing aids fixed as quickly as possible when they are in need of repair. Because they are so complicated devices, it is important that you put in the time and effort to find a highly qualified technician to work on them. Do not attempt to fix your hearing aids yourself. It is easy to make a mistake that will ruin them beyond repair, making you feel horrible.
Check with your audiologist or hearing aid provider to see if your units are still under warranty. If they are, the office will help you fill out the forms and instruct you on what to do to get them fixed. While there are many shops that repair hearing aids around the country, it is always best to go directly to the manufacturer for repairs. This ensures repairs are done by someone who is trained and experienced in your specific model does the work.
Sending your hearing aid back to the manufacturer will take more time than bringing it somewhere locally for repairs. This can be frustrating. Once you know what it's like to hear clearly again, you don't want to go back. Check with support groups and other resources for the hearing impaired in your area. They might have hearing aids available for loan for situations just like yours.
Keith Michaels Au.D., Doctor of Audiology and Hearing Instrument Specialist of American Hearing & Balance. He is from a family of hearing care professionals. Keith received his Masters degree from CSULA, where renowned audiologists Dr. Miles Peterson and Dr. Peter Ivory guided him through his graduate work. He then went on and acquired his doctorate at Florida University Premiere program for audiology. Keith has helped fit thousands of people with hearing aids in the last several years and loves to work with people who have problems with their balance and/or vertigo. Visit our blog to stay updated about the latest hearing aid technology.