Hearing aid repairs are never ideal for any device owner. Whether it’s something minor that can be fixed at your audiologist’s office, or a more extreme hearing aid repair that needs to be sent back to the manufacturer, this can hinder your day-to-day life.

Part of avoiding hearing aid repairs is properly maintaining and caring for your devices. There are a number of simple tips you can follow to help diminish the chances of costly repairs and increase the lifespan of your hearing aids.

Regular cleaning

One of the best ways to increase the longevity of the hearing aid is by making sure it is cleaned regularly. However, extreme caution needs to be exercised while cleaning. If your hearing aids came with specific tools for cleaning make sure to utilize these during maintenance. Regular cleaning should consist of a simple wipe of the hearing aids with a dry cloth every night after removal, in addition to a quick inspection for any cracks, scratches or defects in tubing. At least once every two weeks make sure to thoroughly clean your hearing aid with the wax pick or additional tools provided with your devices.

You should also consult your audiologist twice a year to have your hearing aids professionally cleaned and examined. This allows your audiologist to recognize any issues that may present down the road with your hearing aid, while also handling minor repairs before they become major ones.

Proper handling

Hearing aids are sensitive electronic equipment that is prone to damages. This is why they must be protected from dust, dirt, moisture and extreme temperatures. When you are not using them, make sure that you keep them in the case they came in. The case is moisture and dirt proof. Some additional ways to increase the life of hearing aids are:

  • Clean the hearing aid gently every time after use
  • The smaller the hearing device the greater care you will need to take. This is the reason why completely-in-canal (CIC) models may require regular inspection twice in a year.
  • Follow the cleaning instructions carefully and use the right tools. Do not try to repair it on your own.
  • If there is a problem with the device, it is best to get it checked by an audiologist

In the event you experience any issues with your hearing aids, don’t hesitate to have them checked out by your audiologist. Most minor hearing aid repairs can be fixed at your audiologist’s office, while more major damages will need to be sent back to the manufacturer.