A listening check is a simple was to determine if a hearing aid is working properly. A hearing aid stethoscope and a battery tester are required to do a listening check and they can be purchased from most audiologists. The person doing the listening check will need to have good hearing. Listening checks should be done on a scheduled basis or whenever the hearing aid wearer has difficulty with the hearing aid.
How to do a listening check:
A. Test the battery and replace it if necessary.
B. Connect the hearing aid to the listening stethoscope and turn the hearing aid on.
C. Hold the hearing aid about 1 to 1 1/2 feet from your mouth and talk comfortably into the hearing aid. Adjust the volume control and listen for a gradual change in volume. Your voice should sound clear.
D. Listen for static while the hearing aid is running and while you are adjusting the volume control. Some noise is normal, but if the static is excessive or if your voice is very distorted, the hearing aid will need cleaning or servicing.
E. Turn the hearing aid to the off position and listen for the it to shut off completely.
If any problems are discovered, clean the hearing aid and try the listening check again. If the problem persists, contact your local audiologist for a more complete cleaning and evaluation.
This article was submitted by:
Glen R. Meier, M.S., CCC-A, FAAA