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Hearing Aid Repair
An essential part of correcting hearing loss is to use your hearing aids. The tricky thing is that with constant use, you also increase wear and tear your hearing aids experience. As these devices are tiny computers, it stands to reason that over time, your helpful little hearing aids will need repairs to stay in top working condition.
Hearing Aid Repairs Offered At Hearing Healthcare Centers
Here at Hearing Healthcare Centers, our hearing specialists have an array of hearing aid repair tools to help correct most issues you may run into when using your hearing aids. Some of the key hearing aid repair services our hearing specialists commonly provide are
- Hearing aid reprogramming to make wearing more comfortable and your listening experience more accurate.
- Earmold recasting and replacement
- Provide firmware updates for your hearing aids
- Blow hearing aid tubing clean and replace damaged or missing tubing
- Replace your hearing aid wax guards, battery doors, removal string, ear domes, receiver, and batteries.
The above is not a comprehensive list of what we provide at our hearing clinics. If your hearing aids need repairs, we recommend that you bring them in for our hearing specialists to diagnose. Depending on what repairs your hearing aids needs, we can either repair them in-office or send them to the manufacturer for you.
Troubleshoot Your Hearing Aids At Home
If you aren’t sure you need to bring your hearing aids in for repairs but you know something isn’t quite right, there are some steps you can take to troubleshoot your hearing aids at home.
- Clean hearing aid battery contact points - After some time wearing your hearing aids, the battery contacts can develop a layer of debris between the battery and the hearing aid contact points. By cleaning the contacts, you may be able to clear up any scratchy or inconsistent sound quality.
- Change out hearing aid batteries - If your hearing aids have become too quiet, then it might be the fault of your hearing aid batteries. Simply swap them out and see if that solves the issue.
- Double-check settings - Sometimes, the only issue with your hearing aids is the setting. If the telecoil setting is on, the volume is too low, or the wrong hearing program is selected, it can interfere with your quality of sound.
- Remove and re-insert hearing device - In many cases, if you are experiencing feedback sounds such as whistling or squealing, it can indicate that your hearing aids are not creating a good seal with your ear. By simply removing and re-inserting your hearing aids, you can correct most seal issues.
- Have earwax removed - Compacted earwax can block sound from reaching you. To correct this, you can either come into one of our clinics for earwax removal or ask our hearing specialists about earwax drops you can use at home to loosen earwax blockage.
- Clean your hearing aids thoroughly - Hearing aids are prone to becoming clogged with earwax and other debris, which can cause them to sound distorted or too silent. By cleaning your hearing aids thoroughly with a soft cloth and hearing aid pick, you may be able to take care of the problem at home.
Ways To Protect Your Hearing Aids
Ideally, your hearing aids will not repairs often over their 3-5 year lifespan if you take into consideration the various ways you can protect your hearing aids from damage
- Avoid extreme temperatures - Like any other electronic devices, hearing aids don’t do well in extreme cold or hot temperatures. If you are wearing them in a cold area, try to keep your hearing aids covered with earmuffs or other headgear and avoid winter activities where they may fall off. In hot temps, try to provide your hearing aids with shade from a hat, and avoid leaving them sitting in direct sunlight.
- Water-resistant is not waterproof - Many modern hearing aids are water-resistant, so they can put up with a certain amount of sweat and humidity. However, your hearing aids are not fully waterproof, so avoid activities where they can become wet and try to do your exercises without wearing them.
- Always put your hearing aids in a case at night - Hearing aids left loose when taken out are at a higher risk of being knocked off the surface they are on and becoming damaged in some way. To prevent this, always put your hearing aids in a case or a hearing aid dehumidifier.
- Regularly clean your hearing aids - Performing regular hearing aid cleaning can help keep your hearing aids in good working order. Also, you can bring your hearing aids into one of our hearing clinics for a professional hearing aid cleaning.
Signs Your Hearing Aids May Need Need Repairs
There are clear signs that your hearing aids need professional repairs, and all the troubleshooting in the world won’t fix them.
- There are clear signs of corrosion on your hearing aid battery contacts.
- Your hearing aid casing is cracked.
- There are parts missing on your hearing aid.
- Your hearing aid tubing is damaged or missing.
If you see these signs and your troubleshooting efforts don’t provide you with the results you want, bring your hearing aids to one of our hearing specialists.
Have Your Hearing Aids Repaired At Our Hearing Healthcare Centers
Your hearing aids are an investment in your quality of life, so it is important that you have a reliable hearing specialist who you can count on to take care of your hearing aids. Here at Hearing Healthcare Centers, our team of experienced hearing specialists can help you with your hearing aids at any of our locations.
To work with one of our excellent hearing specialists, contact us today to set up an appointment. We will do our best to help you regain your connection with the world of sound around you.