Common Hearing Aid Repairs
Hearing aids are expensive. In fact, the average price tag for hearing aids runs around $4,000. Despite the cost, hearing aids are subject to damage over time, as even the high expense can’t protect the wear and tear hearing aids go through when exposed to a hostile environment on a daily basis.
When something does go awry with your hearing aids, it’s a good idea to attempt to repair the devices yourself first before seeing your audiologist. Trying to solve the problem yourself doesn’t mean taking tiny tools and cracking open the intricate parts of the hearing aids; rather, at home troubleshooting tips can help you identify and fix many problems that occur with hearing aids.
Common troubleshooting tips
If the hearing aids aren’t functioning properly, consider trying on of the following fixes:
- Replacing the battery
- Removing and reinserting the battery
- Cleaning the hearing aid
- Replacing the wax filter
- Opening and closing the battery compartment
- Checking the input settings
- Checking the volume
When to seek help
If none of the above tips and tricks solves your hearing aid issues, it is likely time to visit your audiologist. They will be most knowledgeable about your specific hearing aids and will be able to provide the best support in the event your devices need to be repaired or replaced. Your audiologist will likely suggest replacement of a damaged or malfunctioning hearing aid if:
- The hearing aid is more than five years old. Hearing aids can last from seven to 10 years, but the technology does become outdated. If you’re nearing or have reached that cusp, it’s more advantageous to upgrade your hearing aid technology to help avoid additional problems down the line.
- The hearing aids have visible or extensive damage. See any cracks or broken pieces? If the hearing aids have been stepped on, smashed or similarly damaged, they may be beyond repair.
- Your hearing aids have been repaired before. If your hearing aids have a history of being broken and repaired multiple times, they are likely structurally and technologically compromised and odds are, they’ll need a repair down the line again.
Your audiologist is an expert when it comes to your hearing health and hearing aid technology. Most audiologists are also able to handle small hearing aid repairs in their office. If your hearing aids are no longer functioning properly, don’t hesitate to contact your audiologist to have your devices evaluated.