Perhaps only those who use hearing aids can truly understand the importance of having devices that are operating optimally. Whether your hearing aid is merely aging or has been damaged, repairs may be necessary to restore the function of your devices. And, every so often, our hearing aids may also need complete replacement. So, how do you know when it’s time for you to repair or replace your hearing aids?


Most of the time, if you are experiencing problems with your hearing aids, you should be fine getting them repaired by an audiologist rather than having to replace them entirely. You may need to have hearing aid repairs carried out if your hearing aids are:

  • Not responding
  • Aren’t transmitting sound clearly
  • Are transmitting sound too quietly
  • Are making a buzzing sound

You may also need to have your hearing aids repaired if the outer casing or wires become physically damaged.


There are, of course, various situations where you might find yourself wanting or needing to replace your hearing aids entirely. These could include:

  • Your current hearing aid is experiencing faults and isn’t responding to repairs: If you have had your hearing aids for an extended period of time, you may find that they eventually succumb to problems or damage that cannot be repaired. If your hearing aids are broken beyond repair, investing in new hearing aids may be your only option.
  • Parts for your current hearing aid are difficult to source: If you have an older hearing aid, you may be able to repair it, but the spare parts may be rare or difficult to source. This can occur due to spares being out of manufacturing.
  • You want to update your hearing aids: There are always going to be improvements in science and technology that mean more advanced and up to date hearing aids with increasing numbers of features are becoming available on the market.

Knowing the right time to replace your hearing aids can make all the difference. If you are experiencing problems with your device, identifying them early on and taking action as soon as possible can minimize negative experiences. You don’t want to leave replacing your hearing aids until last minute, as this could result in you having to spend a period of time without working aids at all while you wait for your new ones to be measured, created and issued.

Whether you are intending to have your hearing aids repaired or are planning to completely replace them with a new hearing aid, you should reach out to a reliable audiologist. Don’t put this off – the sooner you get the process started, the sooner you’ll have top condition aids that are fit for purpose!