No matter how well today’s hearing aids are designed, they aren’t unbreakable. Sure, a manufacturer’s warranty will cover most repairs and at least one replacement, but might require a deductible each time. With an average lifespan of six years, the typical hearing aid also lasts beyond a four-year warranty, which means out-of-pocket repairs.

All this nickel and diming can add up quickly, and hearing aid repairs can’t be put off since your hearing depends on them. While there’s not much you can do about routine wear and tear or freak accidents, there are ways you can save money by cutting down on hearing aid repairs. Here’s how.

Preventative care

The more money you spend on something, the better you treat it, right? The answer should be yes, but it’s easy to take hearing aids for granted and fail to put in the effort necessary for optimal upkeep. This includes three important aspects:

  • Cleaning your hearing aids daily – not just a quick wipe, but also a thorough removal of dirt and wax buildup using the right tools (in a hearing aid cleaning kit purchased from your hearing healthcare provider).
  • Keeping your hearing aids dry – avoiding moist environments, placing them in a drying case, or otherwise storing them in a dry place when they’re not being used
  • Gaining control of excess earwax buildup – cleaning your own ears (safely) to protect your hearing aids

Develop a system

Deviating from a routine is a common cause of accidental hearing aid losses and damages. To prevent your hearing aid from being stepped on, run through the washer, dropped in the shower or toilet, or eaten by the dog, it helps to have a system. Establish exact routines of where you place your hearing aids and when/where you put them in or take them out.

Address issues quickly

If you do have an issue with your hearing aid, don’t let it slide. It might seem like you’re saving money by holding off, but over time, simple problems can escalate to much more expensive repairs. Waiting too long could also mean an expired warranty.

Your hearing aids are valuable and – more importantly – your hearing is vital. Take good care of your hearing aids and you’ll be taking care of both.