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What are the Most Common Hearing Aid Repairs?

Hearing Aid Maintenance

An audiologist’s commitment to your hearing doesn’t end with the idea of finding the right hearing aids for your needs. Your comfort and restored hearing is an ongoing battle, which is why their dedication will be extended to the various aspects of maintenance. Hearing aid repairs are an integral feature.

There’s nothing more frustrating than finding that your hearing aids have stopped performing as they should. While you may try to fix the issue yourself, the truth of the matter is that there are a number of potential problems, which is why the repair should be left to an audiologist. Here are the common issues that they can rectify.

Battery problems

Battery problems are very common, especially for new hearing aid users. While the exact lifespan will vary depending on the device type, battery type and frequency of use, it’s worth noting that the average time is only a few days. In many cases, then, reduced volume or a lack of power can be attributed to problems with the battery. Replacing it may be all that’s required.

In addition to issues with the battery itself, it’s possible that there could be a fault with the battery door. If it doesn’t close as expected, this can prevent the circuit from being completed.

Fitting issues

While it may not be noticeable to the human eye, our ears continue to grow over the years. When the shape or dimensions evolve, it can make the hearing aid sit in a slightly less comfortable manner. In addition to causes irritations, it can result in performance issues including feedback and the signs of tinnitus. Getting the issue resolved right away prevents this from happening.

It may be necessary to replace the entire hearing aid. In most cases, though, a new mold or alternative repair jobs will allow the audiologist to restore the device to its former glory.

Tubing problems

Not all hearing aids require tubing. However, those that do will require new tubing from time to time due to discoloration, hardening, cracking, moisture, overstretching or other forms of disfigurement. While it is possible to do this on a DIY basis, only the audiologist will guarantee that the new tubing is positioned in the correct fashion for the best ongoing performance.

Failure to change the tubing at the right time will lead to a gradual reduction in performance until the hearing aid suddenly fails to pick up the sounds altogether.

Sound issues

Whether the sound has lost volume or become distorted, it’s imperative that you get these issues seen to right away. It may be something as simple as accidentally changing the volume or allowing a buildup of wax to impact the performance. However, it could be a more significant issue such as problems with the motherboard. Either way, the audiologist will be able to help.

Hearing aids have the potential to enhance your daily life, but only if you look after them. While daily care is essential too, the professional repairs are the key to long-term reliability.