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4 FAQs About Hearing Aid Repairs
How often do you think about the hearing aids helping you to hear the world around you? The likelihood is that you don’t give them much thought beyond taking them in and out for the shower in the morning. When your hearing isn’t interrupted, you are going to forget how much you depend on those little devices that give you a chance at hearing again. It’s not until you realize that you need some hearing aid repairs done that you notice that you need an appointment with an audiologist to get them fixed.
You can care for your hearing aids the best way that you know how, but even then, time causes wear and tear on your hearing aids and will be the cause of needing hearing aid repairs. There are a lot of questions that surround hearing aid care, and with the four frequently asked questions below, you can get the answers that you need – now.
Can I do any repairs at home myself?
Of course, you can do some repairs by yourself. Not many, as you may need specialist tools to make the fix. But there are some things that you can troubleshoot all by yourself without having to ask for help from an audiologist. For example:
- Checking the volume controls
- Checking the batteries don't need replacing
- Thoroughly cleaning your hearing aids and the tubing
- Making sure it is switched on (you’d be shocked at how many forget this!)
If you’re still having issues, that’s when the audiologist needs to step in!
What can my audiologist do about it?
The audiologist you’ll already be familiar with, because they will have ensured that you have the right care and would have diagnosed you in the first place. They can make some repairs in the office, which can include replacing battery doors and sorting out cracked tubes. Tubes can get blocked up, which means a deep cleaning may be required to remove a build up of wax. Beyond that, the microphone and speakers could need replacing, and this means they would need to be looked at by the manufacturer.
Are manufacturer’s repairs expensive?
When the audiologist cannot fix your hearing aids, the manufacturer steps in to fix it. Most of the time, hearing aids are under a warranty for two years and you can even get extended warranties from your audiologist’s office. If the warranty expires, the cost will depend on the extent of the damage. Common problems can cost up to $600 for broken microphones and water damage.
Should I replace my hearing aids instead?
It could be cheaper to replace the hearing aids altogether, but there are a lot of things to consider before you get there. Firstly, if the repairs are numerous, you could just replace the device and save yourself some time. If your hearing aids are custom made, the repairs could be much harder and this is where a replacement could be useful.
There is no need for panic if you need hearing aid repairs: your audiologist can walk you through the right fix!