Many things can go wrong with your hearing aid if you don’t maintain it properly, keep it clean, or simply aren’t careful with your device. However, the chances are that if you need hearing aid repairs, your audiologist will identify the problem as one of four common issues. In this guide, we’re going to go through the most common types of hearing aid repairs – let’s take a closer look.

Battery issues

Unless your battery is in good condition, the simple truth is that your hearing aid will perform inconsistently. By far and away the most common fault cause of hearing aids is that your battery has run out of juice. As any audiologist will tell you, it’s vital that you change your batteries at least once a week to ensure your hearing aid is working properly. If you hear the warning beeps, don’t ignore them – the sooner you charge up the batteries, the better. It’s important to remember that batteries can often stop working if they haven’t been fitted into the compartment properly, or that the door hasn’t been shut properly. The good news is that it’s a simple issue to fix, and a quick trip to your audiologist to sort out the problem will be relatively painless.

Fitting issues

Hearing aids can slip out of position from time to time, and they can also become misshapen. Don’t forget that your ear will change shape over time, too, so at some point in the future you will need to replace it. Whatever your issue, don’t delay in getting the problem fixed. Ill-fitting devices can be incredibly uncomfortable and you run the risk of damaging your device even further – or hurting your ear. If it's a constant problem, there is a good chance you will need to go see your audiologist for a new ear-mold impression.

Sound distortion and faults

There are a number of reasons why your device is having problems with sound distortion. And make no mistake about it, if you are hearing high-pitched noises, whining, or humming all the time, it can be incredibly distracting and uncomfortable. It could be due to a buildup of earwax or dirt, or it might be a sign you have problems with your battery. There also may be an issue with your hearing – could it be deteriorating? Either way, seeing your audiologist for some hearing aid repairs advice is the best course of action. Once you are there they can make the necessary changes, test your hearing to ensure you have the right settings, and maybe even suggest you get a new device.

Tubing problems

Finally, if you have a hearing aid with tubes, plenty of things can go wrong. Over time, the tubes might stretch, discolor, crack, or even start letting moisture in. It’s advisable that you see an audiologist first, although experienced users may be able to swap out their old tubes for a new one. However, it’s always best to get the correct professional advice beforehand, or you could make a mistake that ends up costing you more than you might think.