While hearing aids are built to last, the nearly constant usage can lead to wear and tear. The good news is that many of the repairs needed to get your hearing aid back to working condition can be done quickly and for minimal cost.
The most common causes of hearing aid damage.
Your hearing aids spend all day in your ear, making them the prime target for moisture build up. Like most other electronic devices, hearing aids should not get wet. While designed to survive in a damp environment, moisture can still seep in.
If your hearing aid does become damaged from moisture, your audiologist can dry your device out. This should help you hear more clearly.
If the circuitry is damaged from extension water damage, this may be a costly repair.
When your tubing becomes cracked, bent or damaged, it can affect the sound of your device. Often times, tubing can break from no fault of your own, and older tubing can become overstretched and eventually give way.
This is a simple fix. Your audiologist will help you replace the tubing in minutes.
If the microphone on your hearing aid is not working, your device will be unable to pick up sounds from the environment to amplify. Your audiologist will clean the microphone, as dirt and grime can clog the holes.
If the microphone is broken, it will either need to be repaired or replaced with a new one.
How Much Do Hearing Aid Repairs Cost?
This all depends on how long you have had your hearing aid. Most manufactures offer a general warranty program. If the hearing aid is still under warranty, the repair is completed at no cost.
If you are outside of that window, no need to panic. Your audiologist will look over the hearing aid to determine the cause of the damage. Once they identify what needs to be done, you will be presented with the cost of your options. You can then decide to fix the device, or, in the unlikely event that the cost of repair is more than the cost of the device, you can discuss upgrading to a newer and more advanced device. The choice is always yours.
Understanding how your hearing aid can become damaged is the first step in protecting your device. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact the experts at Wilmington Audiology today.