While hearing aids are durable devices — which are water-resistant, sweat-resistant and drop-proof from reasonable heights — they still require proper maintenance. Very often, audiologists and hearing professionals rely on listening checks to determine if there is an issue with the hearing aid.
However, these checks may be insufficient when it comes to testing the hearing aid’s actual functioning level. Proper tests should be conducted in a controlled environment to determine if the hearing aid is functioning correctly.
Hearing aids should be cleaned properly before they are checked. This is because a hearing aid can underperform if its receiver (speaker) is blocked by earwax. So, to prevent inaccurate readings, hearing aids should be properly cleaned, and all foreign particles that affect their output should be removed.
The Listening Lab employs an approach using suitable tools to clean and clear out all foreign objects, such as earwax, sweat, dead skin cells or other oils and solids that could affect the hearing aid’s performance. A thorough cleaning and drying process like this may improve the evaluation process of the hearing aid’s functioning level.
The hearing aid needs to be evaluated in a quiet environment and pushed to its maximum setting to see its performance level. To do this, the hearing professional will require a specialised sound chamber to evaluate the output levels of the hearing aid. Many hearing professionals still use a listening check instead of this objective test procedure.
The Listening Lab utilises a purpose-built hearing instrument test chamber to assess the actual performance level of your hearing aid as it is. This is then compared against the specifications of your hearing device model when it is brand new.
If there is an obvious discrepancy, the systems can help detect and isolate where the issue might be, guiding the professional with further steps like a review, repair, or overhaul.
A professional hearing aid maintenance can help prolong the longevity of your hearing aids. Whether you require a routine cleaning or a proper check, the audiology professionals at an audiometric testing centre can help provide suitable care for your hearing aids.