How to Check Hearing Aids

How do I check the hearing aids?

STEP 1:

Look at the hearing aids and earmolds and note any:

  • Broken or cracked areas
  • Blockage of openings
  • Build-up of moisture in tubing
  • Corrosion in battery compartment

STEP 2:

Attach the earmold to the listening stethoscope and note any possible problems as you listen to each hearing aid.  If there is a problem, try the suggested troubleshooting steps below, and listen to the hearing aid again.  Contact the audiologist if you are not able to fix the problem.

Does the hearing aid amplify sound when it is turned on?

If not:

  • Make sure the hearing aid is in the “on” position
  • Change the battery
  • Change the tone hook
 
Does the hearing aid sound as loud as you expect it to?

If not:

  • Change the battery
  • Listen to the hearing aid without the earmold (there may be blockage in the earmold tubing)
  • Change the tone hook
 

Does the hearing aid amplify the sound consistently?

(Does the sound cut in and out?)

If not:

  • Change the battery
  • Check the battery compartment for corrosion
 
Is the quality of the sound ok? (Is there a static sound or distortion?)

If not:

  • Change the battery
  • Check the battery compartment for corrosion
  • Change the tone hook
 

Listen to the hearing aid as you say the Ling sounds (ah, ee, oo, mm, sh, s). 

Are the Ling sounds clear?

If not:

  • Change the battery
  • Check the battery compartment for corrosion
  • Change the tone hook
 

 

If your child's hearing aid needs to be repaired, request a loaner hearing aid.

Download English Language Handout [PDF]
Download Spanish Language Handout [PDF]

 
Source: NCHAM 2012