You read it right. A hearing aid is like a car. How so? How many of you have driven your car 50,000 miles without an oil change? I though so. But how many of you who have hearing aids have gone more than a year without seeing your audiologist for a hearing aid check? Hearing aids need maintenance.
Numerous things can go wrong. Hearing aids work best when they’re clean and dry. The speaker that is built into your hearing aid may be weak due to ear wax or continued exposure to the moisture of the ear canal. (One reason to get a hearing aid dryer and store your hearing aids there at night, especially in the summer.)
Your hearing aids may be fine, but your hearing could have changed. Most hearing loss progresses very gradually. You may be vaguely dissatisfied, but not be able to pin down the reason for your unease. The cause for your dissatisfaction may be a small increase in your hearing loss. This means that your hearing aids, once adjusted perfectly for your loss, are now in need of a tune up. Fortunately that tune up can be done in consultation with your audiologist; your hearing aids don’t have to go back to the factory unless there is a major problem that requires a factory repair.
So don’t put them in the drawer when they get weak and no longer meet your needs. Call your audiologist.