Every day brings a new learning curve. In the absence of the people we go to see to fix things, we find ourselves doing our own repairs on things we never imagined repairing. I’m pretty savvy about software, not great with hardware, and absolutely useless on printers, copying machines and apparently, hearing aids.

Garry’s hearing aids have not been working as they should. He has gone a bit backward and seems to hear less than he did a month and a half ago. I didn’t know if maybe the batteries were beginning to die, but there has been a definite decline in his hearing. Now, one of the cochlear aids cuts in and out.

Everyone seems to agree that this is probably a wire and/or a connector. Normally, we’d take this to the audiologist who would in two few minutes fix it.

Except we aren’t Nicole, the audiologist. The department isn’t currently receiving people unless it’s a physical emergency. Meanwhile, a letter from the hearing aid people indicates that this problem has become noticeable, so please let them know if you are having problems. I called yesterday and today we got a box of replacement parts. Wires, connectors, and little pointy tools to attach tiny wires to tiny connectors. Wires, caps, inner caps, outer caps. Two sets. Two hearing aids.

Garry is the least handy person I’ve ever known. In this instance, I’m right there with him. For one thing, everything is very small. I can barely see it, much less try to repair it. Maybe my son can do it? They do include instructions.

Even with someone coaching me, I’m not sure we can do this, but Garry really does need his hearing aids to work properly. After a cochlear implant, there are no choices anymore!

Categories: Cochlear implant, Hearing, Marilyn Armstrong

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19 replies

  1. Marilyn there are so many instructional videos on YouTube that I bet you could find one that would help you with that.

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    • We have a couple of videos from this company, but could use a few more. They sent me what they had (a couple of their links were broken).

      You need very specific videos because each set of aids is slightly different than any other set. And the videos don’t make the size of the object bigger. I’m still not sure any of us can see them well enough to do the work. Owen’s willing to try … but my hands are much smaller. I wish I could also SEE!

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      • Thanks – Owen and Marilyn – for sorting it out. Looks like you’ve made the repairs on the CI. i can hear clearly now.


  2. And we begin again…


  3. oh my!! That seems crazy, why can’t they simply send a replacement and you send this one back? Really hope your son can fix it for you.


    • Because the speaker section — the “machine” — is fine. it’s the wires and earpieces that are not working. And these are made to come apart for repair. These units are VERY expensive.


  4. Who would have thought that you would be expected to do DIY on something as complicated as hearing aid? I never heard of such a thing. I hope that Owen will be able to fix it for Garry.


    • It’s not really complicated work so much as it is really SMALL. This is something Garry’s audiologist could do in a couple of minutes. But she isn’t available right now. Also, Garry actually knows a fair amount about dealing with hearing aids. He has been managing them for his entire life. It’s just that he doesn’t see well close up anymore and neither do I.

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  5. S….ugar! I wd be equally useless with my bad eyesight. Your only hope now is Owen. May he save Garry’s hearing.


  6. This is tough one.


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