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How Often Should Hearing Aids be Checked?

by Nathan Williams, Audiology Expert
May 26, 2016

Question: How often do hearing aids need to be adjusted or checked?

Answer: Nearly all hearing aids have replaceable components such as ear mold tubing, receivers, microphone screens, or wax protection systems. If any of these components are polluted with moisture or earwax, it can reduce the effectiveness of the hearing aids. An annual visit to your audiologist is recommended for a thorough cleaning of the hearing aids. For people who generate a significant amount of earwax, more frequent visits may be necessary to ensure optimal performance of the devices.

If you suspect a decrease in your hearing, consult with your audiologist, regardless of the time interval since your last visit. A hearing test can indicate whether the hearing loss is a temporary change caused by middle ear dysfunction or a permanent decrease in hearing. The hearing aids can be reprogrammed to provide more amplification for the regions where further impairment occurred. If you perceive stable hearing loss, a visit every 3–5 years is advised to verify the performance of the hearing aids and ensure that they are providing appropriate gain and output for your hearing loss.

Nathan Williams, Au.D., CCC-A is an Audiologist at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. Using age-appropriate hearing evaluations, he provides recommendations for improved communication and fits hearing aids and assistive listening devices for children and adults. Additionally, he conducts workshops for community centers and businesses in the greater Omaha area.

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