Hearing aids are a major investment, but like all equipment exposed to a hostile environment on a daily basis, are subject to damage over time. You might want to consider repairing yours first, before paying money for a new unit. Often the solution is simple.
Common Hearing Aid Maintenance
If your hearing aid isn’t functioning properly, try one of these quick fixes.
- Replace the battery
- Remove and reinsert the hearing aid
- Clean the hearing aid
- Replace the wax filter
- Open and close the battery compartment
- Check the input settings
Hearing Aid Repairs
The cost of hearing aid repairs varies depending on whether the unit is still under warranty, the extent of damage, and the cost of any necessary replacement parts. Units that under warranty may be inexpensive to repair (or even free), while those are out of warranty generally will cost more to fix. It may actually be less expensive to upgrade to newer hearing aids, especially if yours have given you years of great service. A repair may be a temporary fix at best, and you could end up with a dysfunctional instrument sooner than expected. Your hearing aid is likely beyond repair if the following are true:
- Your hearing aid is more than 5 years old. Hearing aids have a life expectancy of five to seven years, so if you’ve reached that cusp and are experiencing problems, it may be time to upgrade your technology.
- There is visible and extensive damage. If your hearing aid has been stepped on, smashed, or otherwise damaged, it may be irrepairable.
- Your hearing aid has been repaired before. A repair history means a breakage history, and if your unit has been repaired before, the better the odds that it’ll need to be repaired again. Yes, a new hearing aid will cost more up front, but over the long run it’ll balance out the cost and annoyance of regular repairs.
LeMay Hearing & Balance is happy to take a look at your hearing aid and diagnose the problem. We can assist with repairs or, if you choose, help upgrade you to newer hearing aids.