Hearing Aid Repair
Much like any electronic device, hearing aids do not have an infinite lifespan. However, the good news is that by doing routine maintenance on your hearing aids, you can extend the life of your hearing aid significantly. Here, we provide you with some general hearing aid maintenance tips.
If you ever have major issues with your hearing aids, count on us for professional repairs.
Clean Your Devices Regularly
Dust, lint, or earwax can clog up your hearing aids from regular use. This debris will cause your hearing aid to be damaged and sound weak. While every time we repair your hearing aid, we provide a professional cleaning, it is better to start a regular cleaning schedule at home.
You should clean your device regularly to avoid dirt or wax deposits, as these can seriously harm your hearing aid. Never use alcohol cleaning agents, but simply wipe down the outside of your device with a soft, dry cloth.
Earmolds can be removed from the hearing aid, washed in a mild solution of soap, and dried with some forced air. Ensure they are thoroughly dry before reconnecting them to your hearing aid.
Store Your Hearing Aids Properly
Most people take their hearing aids out and place them on the nightstand while they sleep or in the charger for rechargeable devices. When not in use, put your hearing aids carefully in a padded container. Keep this container out of the reach of children and animals, as certain parts of your hearing aid are small enough to pose a risk of choking.
You should also store your hearing aids in a cool, dry spot if you have to remove your hearing aids when you are out and about. Your car's glove compartment is not a good place to store them during very hot or very cold seasons. Try storing them in your day bag or purse in a protective container.
Protect Against Moisture
The number one nemesis of hearing aids is humidity. Excessive humidity will quickly destroy the sensitive electronics inside your device. Visible moisture such as sweat, earwax, or rain can also affect the performance of hearing aids.
That's why investing in accessories like a dry box can be so helpful. During the days, moving between different temperature environments can lead to moisture accumulating in the hearing aids. A drying or dehumidifying machine helps to reduce this moisture overnight. Just place your hearing aids in this container and allow them to dry overnight. Ask me about various drying options we carry at HEARtoday.
Also, remember to remove your hearing aids before you go to a pool or take a shower. In the morning, wait until your morning grooming routine is complete before putting on your hearing devices.
Speech Comprehension: Another part of most hearing assessments is a speech test; instead of pure tones, it plays recorded or live speech. It measures the softest level of conversation you can hear. You'll be asked to repeat snippets of speech that you hear.
I know many are initially apprehensive about dealing with their hearing loss, but the earlier you treat your hearing loss, the sooner you can go back to reconnecting with those around you that you love. The comment I hear the most from my patients is how easy I make the process of hearing better and they wish they had done it sooner.
To begin the process toward better hearing, contact us at HEARtoday!
When to Bring Your Hearing Aids in for Repair
No matter how much attention you spend on maintaining your hearing aid, there will be a time when they need to be repaired. If the above fixes don't work for you, it is time to take your hearing aid to a professional.
We provide on-site hearing aid cleaning and repairs for most hearing aids at HEARtoday, wherever you bought them from us or anywhere else. If the device needs a more involved repair, we can take it directly to the manufacturer for you.
Repair costs for hearing aids can vary, depending on:
- your warranty
- the extent of the damage
- the cost of replacement parts
The cost of repairing your hearing aid is nothing if you bought your hearing aid from us, and it's still under warranty. Out-of-warranty repairs may incur a cost.
If you're looking to repair your hearing aids, we're here to help! Contact us today to set up a repair appointment.