Do you recognize this? You will soon have an important appointment or you just want to go with your best friend to that nice cabaret show that you have been looking forward to for a long time, your hearing aid is not working! Very annoying, of course, because you don’t want to miss any important information and especially the punch line of the jokes, which makes you feel insecure and not enjoy the performance as much as you would like.
Even the very best hearing aid can sometimes cause problems. Most are often easy to solve and often you do not even have to visit the hearing care professional. That saves a lot of time and hassle. So don’t panic because with the checklist below, the problem can often be solved yourself so that you can go to that important appointment with confidence and fully enjoy your outing with a friend.
Below is an explanation for all the above points:
1. There are battery testers with which you can test the capacity of the battery. Some batteries lose their power when they reach the end of their use-by date. But of course there can also be a “Monday morning” battery pack included. That’s just bad luck!
2. Because your hearing aid is still on your skin, dirt can get into the battery drawer and contaminate the contacts. You can then carefully clean the contact points with a cotton swab and some alcohol (70%), available at the drugstore. Maybe the battery has been accidentally put in upside down? Then the contact points could be bent a bit further apart so that it no longer “grabs” the battery properly.
Have you gone through all the checklist points and your hearing aid is still not working? Often your hearing care professional can assess the problem over the phone and help you further. Of course, if you prefer to make an appointment, that's possible too.