Your hearing aid is an investment in your quality of life. Regular maintenance and timely repairs are key to uninterrupted clarity and connection.

The Three Most Common Hearing Aid Repairs: Safeguarding Your Auditory Investment

by | Nov 21, 2023 | Hearing Aids, Patient Resources

When you depend on a hearing aid for clear communication and connection with your environment, any malfunction can feel like a major setback.

However, before considering a replacement or relegating your device to the electronic graveyard, it’s worth exploring common repairs that can breathe new life into your hearing aid, ensuring you continue to benefit from the world of sound with clarity and confidence.

1. Battling Earwax Buildup

Earwax is a natural defender of your ears, but for hearing aids, it’s a common adversary. Accounting for a significant percentage of hearing aid malfunctions, earwax can clog the microphone and receiver, dampening the sound quality.

The solution is often simple—routine cleaning and maintenance can prevent earwax from compromising your device’s performance. Regular checks and cleaning by professionals at Clarity Hearing can restore your device’s functionality, ensuring you don’t miss a beat in your daily conversations.

2. Overcoming Moisture Damage

Moisture and electronics are a mix that can lead to disaster. For hearing aids, which are exposed to different environments daily, moisture can cause corrosion and circuitry damage, leading to failure. However, this isn’t a sign to give up on your device.

At Clarity Hearing, we understand the intricate workings of hearing aids and can often rectify moisture damage, extending the life of your device and ensuring it serves you well, come rain or shine.

3. Addressing Physical Defects

From a cracked case to a loose wire, physical damage can impair your hearing aid’s performance. Sometimes, the damage is visible and immediate, but other times it’s the subtle wear and tear that takes a toll.

Replacing damaged components is a precision task that our experts at Clarity Hearing are trained to handle. With our meticulous care, your hearing aid can often be restored to its full functionality.

Understanding Repair Costs

The cost of repairs can vary, hinging on the complexity of the issue and whether your hearing aid is still under warranty. Minor adjustments might be a quick in-office fix, while more complex issues may require parts replacement or manufacturer intervention.

We will provide you with a transparent overview of the costs involved, helping you make an informed decision.

Repair or Replace?

There comes a time when repair might not be the most economical or beneficial choice. Hearing aids typically have a lifespan of three to five years. Beyond that, technology advancements may render older models obsolete, making repairs more difficult and less advantageous compared to acquiring a newer, more advanced device.

For hearing aids under three years old that have sustained considerable damage or have required multiple repairs, it’s worth weighing the cost of continuous repairs against the investment in a new, more reliable model.

The Key to Longevity: Proper Care

The longevity of your hearing aid largely depends on how well it’s cared for. Simple practices can prevent the most common issues:

  • Daily Cleaning: A gentle wipe-down can remove earwax, moisture, and debris.
  • Dry Storage: Keeping the battery compartment moisture-free is crucial.
  • Safe Storage: Protect your hearing aids from extreme temperatures, UV exposure, and curious pets or children.
  • Chemical Avoidance: Hair sprays, colognes, and cleaning agents can be harmful to hearing aids.

Clarity Hearing’s Commitment

At Clarity Hearing, we’re not just about repairs; we’re about empowering you through impeccable hearing aid performance. Our expertise in diagnosing and repairing hearing aid issues ensures that your device is in capable hands.

If you’re facing difficulties with your hearing aid or just seeking preventive maintenance, reach out to us. Our commitment is to ensure your hearing aids are functioning optimally so your connection to the world remains uninterrupted.

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Dr. Scott Marquardt - Doctor of Audiology & CEO of Clarity Hearing

Scott Marquardt is the owner of Clarity Hearing and a highly skilled audiologist who has been in practice for over 20 years. Dr. Marquardt earned a master’s degree in audiology from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and a doctorate from A.T. Still University. He is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. He and the team offer comprehensive hearing healthcare services and specialize in the care of tinnitus, imbalance, and auditory processing disorders.

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