Chances are you or someone you know has hearing loss. It affects over 37 million Americans over the age of 18 (not to mention the millions of children affected) in the United States. That’s approximately 20 percent of the population.
Of those millions, it is estimated that over 28 million could benefit from using hearing aids, even if a fraction do. For those who do use hearing aids, it can be a choice for both improved hearing and improved health. Research now points to many many potential benefits including reduced risk of depression and cognitive decline, reduced risk of falls and lower health care costs in the long run.
As with any technology, hearing aids require regular maintenance and troubleshooting to keep them functioning well and you hear well.
Maintaining your hearing aid
Daily maintenance of your hearing aid is the first step to prolonging its life and preventing common issues. This includes:
A couple of times a year, get professional cleaning and maintenance for your hearing aid from a hearing healthcare professional.
Troubleshooting your hearing aid issues
Even with regular maintenance, you may run into some common issues with your hearing aid. Even the most sophisticated devices may need a little extra love and care at times. These tips can help you troubleshoot the most common issues.
If you are experiencing problems with your hearing aid and unable to resolve them with these troubleshooting tips, contact your hearing healthcare provider to schedule an appointment. These trained professionals can get to the root of the problem and have you hearing well again in no time.