Common Questions About Hearing Aid Repair
If you wear a hearing aid and have experienced malfunctions with it in the past, it’s time to start learning about hearing aid repairs and how they work! Your hearing aid is a fascinating device that contains wires, tubes and speakers, all made to fit the size of your ear. These truly amazing devices take a lot to maintain, and in today’s post, we will be focusing on common questions about hearing aid repairs.
Let’s dive straight into the most common questions about hearing aid repairs, and of course, the answers to them!
How Often Should I Get My Hearing Aid Repaired?
There is no exact science as to how often your hearing aid should be repaired. It is simply a case of trial and error: if your hearing aid doesn’t exhibit problems, you don’t need to get it repaired! Every time you visit with your audiologist you can ask them to check on your hearing aid to make sure everything is working properly, and that should do the trick.
What Are Some Common Signs My Hearing Aid Needs Repairing?
If you aren’t quite sure whether to send your hearing aid off for a repair, here are some common signs!
Firstly, if your hearing aid is making noise, either feedback or beeping, it’s time to get it looked at. Every once in a while, your hearing aid will beep – perhaps to signal low battery – but if it’s happening all the time, there is probably something wrong.
In addition, if the volume controls are not working properly, or if the hearing aid is cracked or broken on the outer body, you should send it for a repair.
How Should I Prevent My Hearing Aid from Getting Damaged?
Taking care of your hearing aid very carefully is the best way to prevent it from becoming damaged. You should:
- Clean your hearing aid carefully and frequently to remove any wax or debris buildup from the outer body.
- Make sure you are keeping your hearing aid in a clean, dry container if you do remove it at any point.
- Charge or change the batteries often to prevent them from becoming depleted over time.
- Avoid water at all costs.
- Leave your hearing aid out of reach of pets and children.
- Have your audiologist inspect it and ask them for cleaning advice whenever you visit with them!
Following these steps will ultimately leave you with a cleaner, safer hearing aid that is much less likely to become damaged!
How Is A Hearing Aid Repaired?
You might be wondering; how does an audiologist actually repair a hearing aid? Usually, your audiologist will open the casing of the hearing aid and check if any wires have been damaged or loosened. They will inspect the entire hearing aid device closely and test it out, before determining what is wrong with the hearing aid in the first place.
Then, they will decide whether the hearing aid should be kept in for repairs or replaced altogether. If the hearing aid will be more expensive to repair than to replace, then they will advise that you simply get a new one. Otherwise, they will repair the hearing aid – this can be done quickly there and then or for more intricate repairs, it could take a number of days to complete.
When Do I Need to Replace My Hearing Aid?
Your audiologist will let you know if you need to replace your hearing aid entirely. It is always better to try to get it repaired – this is a more sustainable choice and is often cheaper too – but at the end of the day, your hearing aid might be beyond repair if the damage is seen as unfixable by your audiologist.
Never replace your hearing aid without seeing your audiologist first – they will determine whether it is fixable or not!
Need hearing aid repairs?
If your hearing aid is showing signs of wear and tear and you think it needs repairing, make sure you contact us today at 912-351-3038 to book a personal appointment with one of our fantastic audiologists. You will be able to discuss your hearing aid repairs with them and ask any other questions you might have about how your hearing aid works! Audiology and Hearing Aid Services can’t wait to hear from you!