When you use something on a daily basis, it’s possible it will need to be repaired every once in a while. When it comes to hearing aids, most of us don’t want to think about repairs, but a little preparation can help alleviate any worries. Here’s what you need to know about hearing aid repairs.

Troubleshooting hearing aid issues

Even if you don’t have MacGyver-like skills when it comes to quick fixes, there’s a good chance that you can troubleshoot and repair some hearing aid issues. These steps usually will take care of some common problems:

  1.  Turn your units off and on several times to reset them.
  2. Check to make sure your batteries are inserted correctly and aren’t drained. If that doesn’t work, replace the batteries.
  3. Check the volume controls to make sure they’re set correctly. Also, move them up and down to loosen any dirt and debris.
  4. Thoroughly clean your hearing aids to remove any impacted wax.
  5. Check wax filters and inspect all your tubing.
  6. Reinsert your hearing aids and make sure they fit properly.

Care and hearing aid maintenance

It’s easy to start to take your hearing aids for granted, but remember they’re highly specialized technical machines. If you’re lax in your daily cleaning, if you toss them into your purse when you’re not wearing them or leave them in a hot car, you may be causing damage that will ultimately lead to repairs.

Hearing aid repairs at the audiologist

Sometimes all it takes is a deep cleaning at the audiologist’s office to fix a glitch. Other minor repairs such as battery doors can be done there, saving you the trouble of sending your units out for repair.

Ask about your warranty

Most hearing aids come with a two-year warranty that covers almost all problems. Extended warranties are available and are usually a good idea, especially if you have concerns. Most health insurance companies do not cover hearing aids for adults or repairs.

Replacing a hearing aid

This is a tough one to think about, but it’s true. When the damage to the hearing aid is severe, repairs may be impossible. This may happen if you drop it, step on it or if the dog swallows it. Also, if your hearing aids are more than five years old, repairs become less likely. Sometimes new parts are no longer available for older units and refurbished parts may not offer the best performance. It’s a tough decision when it comes to repair or replace, but your audiologist can help guide you when that time arrives.

When it comes to what you need to know about hearing aid repairs, your audiologist is the most important resource. He or she can answer all your questions and help determine the best course of action regarding any damage to your hearing aids.