Even the best-laid travel plans can go awry, and so can your hearing aids while you’re on vacation. No need to worry—to get your devices functioning again, follow these helpful tips from Dr. Megan Booth. You’ll be back to enjoying your relaxing getaway before you know it!
My hearing aid stopped working
First, make sure your device is charged or has a fresh battery. If not, charge or replace it. If the battery is fine, change the wax guard. You can also try cleaning your hearing aid with a soft, dry toothbrush. Brush all over the body of the hearing aid and the eartip (dome).
My hearing aid won’t charge
Sometimes the charger’s indicator lights stop working, but the hearing aid is actually charging. Take the hearing aid out of the charger and listen to it. Does it work? If so, continue to use your hearing aids. Just remember to call Hear in Arizona when you get back so we can take a look at them.
If the hearing aid does not work, hold down the bottom of the toggle switch on the back of the hearing aid for 30 seconds, then place the hearing aid in the charger for 30 seconds.
My hearing aid fell in the pool
The solution for fixing your water-logged device depends on what type of hearing aids you have:
- If you have hearing aids that aren’t rechargeable, open the battery door and take out the battery. Then, put your devices in a bag of uncooked, dry rice overnight. In the morning, put a new battery in and listen to your hearing aids. Are they working? If yes, continue to use them.
- If you have hearing aids that are rechargeable, put them in a bag of uncooked, dry rice overnight. In the morning, put your hearing aids in the charger. Are they charging? If yes, continue to use them.
Are your hearing aids still not working after following these tips? Contact an audiologist in the area you’re visiting for further assistance.