Hearing aids have come a long way in the last few decades, but like any other device, they still need to be taken care of and maintained.
- Does your hearing aid no longer work?
- Can you hear whistling?
- Have you lost the battery door?
- Is the sound from your hearing aid "muffled" or "dull"?
- Do your hearing aids feel like they don't fit right?
- Are your hearing aids too loud or too quiet?
- Can you hear buzzing?
If you said "yes" to any of these questions, your hearing aid might need some attention.
How to fix problems with your hearing aid
If your device isn't working, you can try the following fixes before sending it to us for a hearing aid repair:
- Check the receiver and any other holes for wax residue.
- Make sure everything is connected right.
- Check to see if the microphone is covered by anything.
- Look for cracks or other damage on the outside.
- Turn up the volume and make sure it's on. Make sure the battery is in correctly.
If you hear unwanted noise:
- Make sure the volume is loud enough.
- Make sure that there is nothing in the way of the microphone.
- Make sure the battery is installed correctly.
If your hearing aid is faint-sounding:
- Switch out the battery
- Use a cloth to clean the contacts in the battery compartment.
- Change the wax guard and use your wax removal tools to clean the wax off the case and tubing.
We can fix your hearing aid!
At Upstate Hearing and Balance, we clean, maintain, and fix all hearing aids, no matter where they were bought. Repairs aren't the most fun way to spend your time, but an adequately fixed hearing aid could mean the difference between being able to keep up with your friends and missing out. We try to make it possible for people to get their hearing aids fixed.
Simple repairs can be done right here at our office. If the repair is more complicated, we will send it back to the maker to be fixed.
How much does it cost to fix a hearing aid?
Prices to fix hearing aids change based on the following:
- The device's current warranty
- The extent of the damage
- How much would it would cost to get replacement parts.
Some hearing aids won't be worth fixing, but most can be saved with time and extra money.
If you bought your hearing aid from us and it's still under warranty, the cost of fixing it will probably be low, or it might even be free. Hearing aids that are not covered are likely to incur a cost.
Essential maintenance for hearing aids to avoid problems
These tips can help you keep from having to get your hearing aid fixed in the future:
- Use a soft cloth to clean your device.
- Replace the wax traps regularly.
- Clean the microphone and battery door with care.
- Every so often, separate the receivers and wash them with soap and water.
- Your hearing aids should be kept in a dry place.
Over 75% of all hearing aid damage is caused by moisture and earwax building up in the hearing aid, and the vast majority of these repairs are entirely avoidable. That's why it's so important to clean the whole hearing aid.
Put your hearing aids in a dry box kit every night to protect your investment. You can now buy systems that use electricity to dry your device. They have a kind of light that makes it hard for most germs and bacteria to live. These also have desiccants to remove moisture and fans to move air to all the hearing aid parts. This preventive maintenance is the key to ensuring your device works for as long as possible.
If you need your hearing aids looked at, contact us today for a consultation.