Have you just been fitted for a hearing aid but are experiencing distorted sound or feedback? A hearing aid repair and maintenance session with our hearing aid technologists might just be what you need. Here’s what you should know about the importance of hearing aid maintenance and when to seek out an appointment for repairs.
What is Hearing Aid Repair And Maintenance?
Cleaning of your hearing aid daily is key to ensuring that your device not only lasts a long time but provides you with a comfortable and optimal hearing experience. Proper maintenance will also decrease the probability of frequent hearing aid repairs, which can sometimes be expensive.
While hearing aids are durable, it's also important to remember that they are still electronic devices that can get damaged if they are not taken care of properly. Some common reasons your hearing aid will require a repair session include:
- moisture—getting a hearing aid wet can affect its battery life, as well as its internal electronic chips
- wax buildup—the frequent buildup of wax can cause you to not hear clearly out of the loudspeaker of your hearing aid. The oils can also damage the device itself if not cleaned regularly
- battery needs replacing
What Are the Benefits of Hearing Aid Repair And Maintenance?
There are multiple benefits to regular hearing aid repair and maintenance. As previously mentioned, daily care of your hearing aid is key to ensuring it performs optimally for as long as possible. Hearing aid maintenance will depend on the type of hearing aid you are using:
- behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids
- open-ear BTE hearing aids
- receiver-in-the ear BTE hearing aids
- in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids
In general, daily maintenance may include using an electronic dryer to remove moisture from your hearing aids, as well as dry brushing your earmolds and devices to prevent the buildup of wax and bacteria. Some hearing aids, like the in-the-ear types, may contain wax guards that need to be replaced every couple of weeks to prevent receivers from excess wax and debris.
What to Expect During Hearing Aid Repair And Maintenance Sessions
If you've never had a hearing aid repair and maintenance appointment, you might be wondering what to expect. A hearing aid technologist or trained technician at Reuhl Audiology is here to help you out and troubleshoot if your hearing aid stops working unexpectedly. Depending on your type of hearing aid, repair may be something as simple as replacing the battery. Or, it may be more complicated—your technician will be able to properly assess the damage and provide recommendations based on your warranty, lifestyle, and current health status.
Effective hearing aid repairs and maintenance require an accurate evaluation and prompt daily care by patients.
For more information about hearing aid repair and maintenance, contact Reuhl Audiology at (630) 230-2373.