Audiologists specialize in diagnosing and treating hearing-related issues
3 Common Hearing Aid Repairs
Hearing aids are vital devices for anyone that wears them. After all, they are used to enhance your life on a daily basis and can be the key to maintaining easy communication with loved ones and work colleagues. Unfortunately, the frequency of use, combined with their delicate nature, is a recipe for occasional faults.
Here are three of the most common parts that require repair work. If you notice these issues with your hearing aids, make sure you act fast – your comfort and hearing depend on it.
Faulty or dying batteries are one of the most common causes of hearing aid problems. Whether it's reduced volume or inconsistent performance doesn't matter. Replacing the power source could be the key to restoring your device's health.
An audiologist will be ready to test the hearing aid for this problem in next to no time. Given that the average person uses the same hearing aid for around five to seven years, it’s likely that you will need to change the battery every so often. Thankfully, as well as being an easy job, it’s one of the cheapest too.
If you know how to do it, this is a simple job that can be completed by the user. Still, given that there might be other issues with the device, seeking an audiologist might not be a bad idea.
Hearing aids improve the user’s hearing through the use of a digital speaker and microphone. Given how small the device is in general, it’s no surprise to learn that these elements can become damaged. When they do, it can quickly lead to lost sound or unwanted feedback.
It isn’t uncommon for microphone and speaker systems to become knocked out of position. In this case, it may be a very simple fix. Likewise, the tubing may be faulty. However, it’s equally likely that the source of the problem comes from moisture. Drying is a potential fix, although the part may need replacing depending on the level of damage.
Going forward, keeping the hearing aids in dry places overnight is key. Meanwhile, specialized dryers can be a worthy investment too.
Hearing devices have evolved at a rapid rate. Nowadays, many users find that it is easier to have hearing aids that are controlled by a remote. This saves the hassle of fiddling with small controls. This is particularly useful if you have bad eyes or arthritis. Unfortunately, this is another part of the hearing aid piece that could suffer damage.
The issues can be fairly varied and range from faulty batteries or broken buttons to damaged communication with the device. With so many potential issues to consider, having this part of the hearing aid tested by an audiologist is the only option. Even if this part needs replacing, it can save the costs and hassle of getting an entirely new device.
Ultimately, there are situations where you’ll have to admit defeat and replace the hearing aids. However, knowing about those common repair jobs opens up your options greatly. In turn, this should give you the best chance of reaching the right decision.