3 Questions About Hearing Aid Repairs
Hearing aid repairs can put a damper on your lifestyle – from your devices not working properly to you having to be without them while they’re being fixed. When it comes to hearing aid repairs, there are a few questions you can ask your audiologist to help you prepare for this occurrence.
Why do hearing aids need repaired?
Hearing aids are a large investment you make in your hearing health, and with a lifespan of five to seven years, it might be frustrating to have to think about them needing repairs. However, these are highly advanced pieces of technology and you will use them nearly every day for multiple hours, so it’s not that difficult to understand they may need fixing at some point. Aging equipment, declining technology, improper care or actual trauma can all cause your hearing aids to need repairs.
How much do repairs cost?
The best way to plan for the cost of hearing aid repairs is by discussing with your audiologist what exactly needs fixed and what the process will be. If your hearing aid is under warranty or you have insurance, you may be able to walk away with little to no costs. Hearing aid repairs can often be performed by your audiologist in the office, meaning less time you’ll have to spend without your devices. Sometimes, your audiologist will have to send them to the manufacturer if the parts are no longer available or damage is extensive. However, if your device is older and needs extensive repairs, your audiologist may discuss replacement as a better option. Replacement is ideal if your hearing aid is more than five to seven years old or if it has sustained serious damage. Hearing aid technology is constantly evolving and you may find replacing your device is more beneficial to your quality of life.
How long will you be without your hearing aids?
This is another important question to ask your audiologist when facing hearing aid repairs. Chances are you rely on your hearing aids to get through your day-to-day activities, so being without them is not ideal. Talk with your audiologist about a timeline for how long repairs will last. In the event your audiologist needs to send them to the manufacturer for repairs, discuss any temporary or loaner devices they may have that you can utilize.
Hearing aid repairs are never fun, but with a little preparation you can make the situation as stress-free as possible. Talk more with your audiologist about what to expect when needing hearing aid repairs.