Ways to Repair Hearing Aids
Hearing aid repair can be a costly endeavor. After all, the tiny technology is a large investment and a huge part of your quality of life. As such, there are many options to repairing your hearing aids that could help mitigate additional high costs.
From troubleshooting hearing aid issues at home to speaking with your audiologist, there are a number of different steps you can take to get your hearing aids back in working order.
Troubleshooting at home
The cheapest way to try to repair your hearing aid is to troubleshoot at home. This doesn’t mean you should crack open your devices with tiny tools; rather, simple troubleshooting tips can help determine whether simple maintenance issues or something bigger is causing your hearing aids to malfunction.
Common troubleshooting solutions include:
- Checking or replacing the battery
- Thoroughly cleaning all components of the hearing aid, including the shell, microphone and tubing
- Making sure the hearing aid is turned on
- Checking the volume of the hearing aid is at an appropriate level
If the troubleshooting tips don’t work, you will likely need to make an appointment with your audiologist. They will be able to diagnose the trouble with your devices and determine whether repair or replacement is the best option.
In need of repair
If your hearing aids can be repaired, there are a few options to help keep your overall costs down. Make sure to check any manufacturer’s warranty on your hearing aids to see if any repairs are covered. Additionally, if you have insurance on your hearing aids, make sure to find your policy to see how much of a deductible you may need to put toward the repair.
Many repairs can be performed in the office by your audiologist, however, if extensive overhauls are needed it may have to be sent to the manufacturer. Your audiologist will discuss with you whether to repair or replace your hearing aids. If your hearing devices are older than five years or have been severely damaged, your audiologist may recommend new hearing aids.
Your audiologist is your partner when it comes to hearing health and devices. If you’ve tried simple troubleshooting steps at home and you still cannot get your device working properly, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment to talk with your audiologist.