What to Expect During Hearing Aid Repairs
You might find that your hearing aids need repairs. Why is this? Well, while the tech is advanced it’s also quite fragile and can break incredibly easily. You might find that the physical case is damaged or it could be a problem with the tech inside it. Either way, you need to make sure that you get hearing aid repairs. Failing to do this will lead to a lower quality of life because you won’t be able to communicate or hear effectively. So, let’s look at what to expect when you taking your hearing aid for repair with an audiologist.
How long will the appointment be?
Typically, a hearing aid repair appointment with an audiologist will last about an hour. This will usually depend on the extent of the repairs needed. Some are simple and will take just a few minutes to complete. Others will require a lot longer and there’s no way to tell which is needed until you take your hearing aids in for repairs. However, usually, you will find that physical damage to the outer case or receiver will be easier to repair. In contrast, technical issues can take a lot longer.
Will the device be repaired there and then?
Again, it depends what type of repair is needed. Some repairs can be handled quickly and it’s easy enough that you can wait around for your repair. Everything will be fixed in under an hour. It’s possible that the damage is more extensive. If that’s the case, your audiologist will send the hearing aids away for a repair. This could take a couple of weeks for the repair to be completed.
Your audiologist will tell you if this is necessary and make sure that you are prepared for this possibility. They may also ensure that your quality of life is not affected if your hearing aids do need be sent away for repairs.
If your hearing aids do need to be sent away for repairs, you will usually find that an audiologist will offer you a temporary replacement. This will ensure that you can still hear effectively but don’t expect the replacements to be on the same level as the ones that you have ordered. Particularly, if you have opted to use a more expensive model. You might also find that they are not quite as comfortable as yours. This will be due to the fact that yours will have been carefully fitted and even designed to fit your ears correctly. You can’t do this with quick replacements.
You will want to make sure that you don’t need another repair in the future and an audiologist can help you here. They will talk to you about how to look after your hearing aids effectively and maintain them the right way. This will make sure that the chance of another expensive repair is greatly reduced. Do make sure you ask any questions you might have to ensure that you do have all the information you need to keep your hearing aids protected.