Hearing Aid Repair and Maintenance
Like all electronic devices, hearing aids have the potential of breaking. Even if they don’t break, normal wear and tear should be expected. The hearing health professionals at Niagara Hearing & Speech Clinic provide valuable insight into the care and maintenance of leading hearing aids. Device repair is an essential part of ownership.
What damages a hearing aid?
Earwax build-up is at the top of the list. The result is that it blocks the hearing device and muffles any inbound or outbound sound. If uncleaned, the wax can enter hard to reach parts of the hearing aid. Some hearing aids are water-resistant and moisture-proof, but not waterproof. Knowing the difference between the three can prevent permanent damage. Outside of wax and water, the biggest enemy of hearing aids is physical damage. A few models in the industry are built for a more rugged lifestyle and should be considered based on individual preference.
How to maintain devices
There are a couple of things a user can do to improve the life of a hearing aid. Cleaning dirt and debris from the outside stops blockages from becoming an issue. If the device uses replaceable batteries, make sure the battery door is completely closed. Dirt that gets into the battery door is hard to remove. When not in use, store hearing aids in a cool and dry place. Placing hearing aids in direct sunlight will hurt the circuitry and damage the design. Storing hearing devices in a pocket is not advised since lint and other dirt can get into the hearing aid.
What are the options for extensive damage?
Usually, minor troubleshooting can be completed the user at home. However, anything beyond a simple cleaning or battery change should be handled by a hearing health professional. Onsite repair is available at Niagara Hearing & Speech Clinic, and in some cases, can be handled on the same day. Extensive damage requires sending the device off to the manufacturer for a full replacement or repair. Wearers can discuss getting a pair of loaner hearing aids until the originals come back. Insurance, repair options and loaner hearing aids may all discussed before and after the original fitting.