Visiting an audiologist is like going to your general practitioner or dentist. You can book appointments over the phone, website or app if they have one. You can also check Google for reviews and ask others if they have used them before. Google provides business details in addition to client reviews, so it's an excellent source of helping you to choose the best audiologist in your area.

While audiologists can perform tests and fit your hearing aid, they can also repair broken devices. Common issues with hearing aids include:

  • Not fitting properly
  • Audio issues
  • The device won't switch on

Hearing devices are fitted by an audiologist, but they can become loose or tight over time, leading to itchy or sore ears. In addition, audio problems like whistling and sharp sounds can become more apparent. And there are multiple reasons why a device won't switch on.

What an Audiologist Will Do

An audiologist can identify the hearing aids you require for improved hearing. The goal of appointments and tests is to get your hearing to a reasonable level so you can hear as you usually would. Audiologists are experts in hearing aid knowledge and perform some simple tests so that they can fit the best device for you.

Some audiologists are also experts in how hearing aids work. Therefore, they can identify and repair problems with your hearing aid. This relates to your perception when using them and any damage they have received. You should seek to get a hearing aid repaired before replacing.

Repairs, Costs and Life

Dirt particles, moisture and earwax will accumulate and damage your hearing aid. An audiologist can clean your hearing aid of any debris. However, the hearing aid might require more than simple cleaning in some circumstances and might need re-casing or replacement.

Depending on the model, a hearing aid should last between three and seven years. The way a hearing aid is molded can affect the length of time between hearing aid repairs. Specific parts of different models are susceptible to wear and tear. For example, behind-the-ear devices sit behind the ear, protecting them from the debris that affects other models.

The quality and model also determine the price. However, this is extremely variable depending on your provider or any deals. But you should also be aware that hearing aids are not usually covered as part of insurance plans.

How You Can Help

Despite their small stature, hearing aids are incredibly robust. However, like any electrical device, they require maintenance and will degrade over time. The magnitude of which depends on how much you look after them throughout their lifetime. Because of their position behind or inside the ear, hearing aids are susceptible to small particles of skin, wax and hair buildup. 

While your audiologist can perform cleaning and hearing aid repairs when you visit, you can extend the life with some simple tips. Fortunately, cleaning a hearing aid couldn't be simpler. Using a soft brush and a dry cloth, in-the-ear and in-the-canal hearing aids can be gently cleaned. You can gently wash a behind the ear mold and tube in warm, soapy water. However, it is advised that you have your device professionally cleaned every six to 12 months.