Today's hearing aids are built to be durable and withstand much use and abuse; however, there are certain elements that can still cause damage to hearing aids and require them to be repaired. With simple cleaning and care steps hearing aid repair can be prevented.
Common Causes of Hearing Aid Repair
The most common reason for a hearing aid to require repair is the buildup of ear wax or debris within the hearing aid. Ear wax is produced by every human being. It is natural and some people produce more than others. For custom hearing aids that sit inside the ear canal, they are subjected to wax each and every day the hearing aid is worn. With proper care and cleaning you can prevent damage from ear wax. Your hearing professional will instruct you on how to properly clean your hearing aids. If you are concerned wax has entered the hearing aids, visit yoru hearing professional for a professional hearing aid cleaning. Their specialized tools are able to remove wax much more effciently than at home tools.
If your hearing professional determines it is beyond their ability to improve the functioning of the hearing aid in their hearing aid center, they will send your hearing aid into the hearing aid manufacturer for repair. Most often, hearing aid manufacturers require hearing aids be sent to them by a professional – not the consumer.
Other causes of hearing aid repair include: exposure to water, physical damage from being dropped or stepped on, exposure to high levels of humidity or prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures (i.e. left in your car during summer or winter). Hearing aids may also simply need repair after a few years of use. Keep in mind they are small devices that house miniature electronic parts. Over time dust and debris may enter the hearing aid through the microphones or sound opening, which can eventually cause damage to internal parts.
The good news is most new hearing aids come with a repair warranty that covers repairs for a given amount of time. These warranties range anywhere between one to three years, depending upon the manufacturer and the professional you purchases the hearing aid from. In addition there are warranty programs you can subscribe to that cover your hearing aids for a longer amount of time.
For further information on hearing aid care and how to prevent hearing aid repair, visit: Take Care of Your Hearing Aids, So They Take Care of You
For questions on hearing aid repair and hearing aid replacement parts, contact your local Hearing Aid Repair Shop.