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Dos and Don’ts of Hearing Aid Repairs
Wearing a hearing aid is a seamless experience most of the time. The wonders of hearing aid technology mean that most users rarely experience interruptions or irritations with their hearing aid, no matter which type they wear.
Hearing aids, when they do need repairs, can be fixed by an audiologist in a quick and easy appointment in most cases. However, there are certain things you should do – and not do! – when it comes to getting your hearing aid fixed.
Here are the definitive dos and don’ts of hearing aid repairs!
Get your hearing aid inspected by an audiologist
If your hearing aid is playing up and there are no obvious signs of damage, you need to take it to an audiologist to be inspected. Your audiologist will be able to identify any issue you have with the hearing aid, and hopefully repair it on the spot – or replace it, if need be.
Maintain your hearing aid to ensure it lasts a long time
The best way to take care of your hearing aid is prevention of damage, rather than repairs after damage has already taken place. Make sure you maintain your hearing aid to ensure its longevity; this includes cleaning earwax and other moisture off the hearing aid on a regular basis.
In addition, you should ask your audiologist how to take care of your hearing aid when they first give it to you – or if you still don’t know, call them to ask how best to care for it.
Try to rewire the hearing aid without professional guidance
Even if you are handy with electrical equipment, it is best to leave your hearing aid repair to a professional audiologist. The wiring inside a hearing aid is intricate and tiny and repairing it requires specialist audiological equipment. If you attempt a hearing aid repair yourself, you could end up damaging the wiring further, resulting in needing a replacement hearing aid.
Allow earwax to build up on the surface of the hearing aid
Keeping your hearing aid out of harm’s way means cleaning and maintaining it regularly. Don’t allow moisture to build up on your hearing aid, as this can work its way into the inner mechanisms, causing them to malfunction.
Take your hearing aid to be repaired by someone you don’t know
Unfortunately, some people fall into the trap of taking their hearing aid to be repaired by someone other than their audiologist, resulting often in a substandard repair job. Make sure you always take your hearing aid to be repaired by your personal audiologist, to ensure you get the highest quality repair possible! Overall, make sure to maintain your hearing aid often, and if it becomes damaged, take it to your audiologist for high quality repairs.