Hearing Aid Repair
Hearing aids are worn in the ears everywhere you go, so they are also exposed to the elements daily. From rain, high humidity, and extreme temperatures to dust and soil, there's a lot that hearing aids have to put up with.
That's why they require regular maintenance and periodic repairs to sustain performance. Your hearing aids degrade steadily over time without routine maintenance as microphones, speakers, and other parts of it become more and more susceptible to breakdown.
The good news is that you can prevent unexpected damage by doing routine maintenance on your hearing aids. These measures range from storage to cleaning and take just a few minutes to keep your device in full working order, and may even extend the life of your device for a few more years.
Hearing aid maintenance
To keep your hearing aid in optimal condition, here are some items you should do daily, weekly, and monthly.
- Daily: The enemy of all hearing aids is moisture. Be sure to keep all kinds of liquids away from your device (this includes shower steam). To conserve your battery life, turn your hearing aid off before going to sleep. Put your hearing aid in a cool, dark spot at night. If you don't plan to use your hearing aid for a few days, remove the batteries before storing your device.
- Weekly: Light cleaning on your hearing aid is recommended at least once a week. With a cloth, wipe the outer casing. Then clean the battery contacts using a dry cotton swab or brush. This will stop your hearing aid from cutting out.
- Monthly: Depending on how often you use your device, you should replace your hearing aid batteries and wax filter about once a month.
Common problems and how to fix them
There is no sound. You might have the volume turned down. A dead battery might be another possibility. To see if this works, try replacing the batteries.
The sound is muffled or too quiet. There might be a blockage in the pipes if you wear a receiver-in-canal or behind-the-ear hearing aid. As advised by your hearing specialist, take them apart and clean them. It might be a technical problem if this doesn't help; in which case, call us for repairs. Another explanation may be that your hearing abilities have changed.
The sound is choppy. This is usually due to a low running battery. Try to replace your batteries and switch them on again. If it doesn't work, there could be a mechanical problem.
You experience whistling or feedback. With hearing aids, whistling and feedback occur when they do not fit correctly. The amplified echo from the aids will often loop back and be captured by the receiver, creating an unwanted whistling noise or screeching. Take out your hearing aids if this happens and re-insert them to make sure they are snug.
Take it to us if all else fails.
We are happy to help if you've tried the above tips and your hearing is still out of service. If something goes wrong, we'll help you fix common hearing aid issues. We serve all brands, including those we don't carry, so whether you buy your hearing aids from a big box store or online, we will help you get your hearing aids back into working order.
Based on several factors, repair costs for hearing aids can vary based on the following:
- Whether it is still under warranty for your hearing aid.
- The degree of damage.
- The cost of replacement parts.
The cost of replacing your hearing aid won't be much if you bought your hearing aid from us, and it's still under warranty. It will cost more if the system needs a more substantial repair.
When to upgrade your hearing aids
Hearing aids have become more advanced with each passing year. Many people decide to get new hearing aids even if their current ones have not yet reached the end of their useful lives. New hearing aids deliver a wealth of creative technologies that improve the quality of life and improve the hearing experience.
Let us take a look if you need help deciding whether to repair or upgrade your hearing aid! We will provide you with professional guidance on the best way forward based on your hearing requirements.