Hearing aids are designed to be tough. But even the most rugged electronic devices can be affected by normal wear and tear over their lifetime. Simple repairs can help extend the life of your hearing aids and continue providing you with a connection to the hearing world.
Common Reasons for Hearing Aid Repairs
Below are some of the common reasons your hearing aids may need to be repaired.
- Turning your hearing aid off
- Removing the battery and drying it with a cloth
- Shaking the hearing aid (with the battery compartment door open) to remove as much water as possible
- Placing the heading aid in warm place to dry out overnight
Moisture can also build up in your hearing aid through normal wear. Your hearing aid provider can remove the excess moisture and replace any circuitry that was damaged because of it. Extensive damage will require them to send your hearing aid back to the manufacture for repair.
In some of the most popular models of hearing aids, plastic tubing is used to connect parts and carry sounds. This tubing can degrade over time, become damaged or be overstretched.
Your audiologist can easily replace this tubing when it is begins to affect how well your hearing aids sound.
The microphone is an integral piece of your hearing aid, as it is responsible for picking up sounds in your environment. If your microphone is broken, your hearing aid won’t have any sounds to amplify.
Depending on the level of damage, your audiologist will need to repair or replace the microphone.
How to Prevent Hearing Aid Repairs
Taking care of your hearing aids can help prevent some of these simple repairs. Experts recommend:
- Cleaning your hearing aids every day with a soft, dry cloth to remove dirt, debris and earwax
- Performing regular hearing aid maintenance
- Investing in a dehumidifier
To learn more about hearing aid repairs or to schedule an appointment for an expert to examine your device, contact The Audiology Offices today.