Hearing Aid Repair
When taken care of properly, hearing aids are meant to last for several years. When Alexander Audiology recommends hearing aids, durability is always considered a prioritized feature. The ear canals will naturally attract dirt and particles. When a hearing aid begins to malfunction, there are options for home and professional repair.
Care and maintenance
The best hearing device in the world will fail if it is mishandled or not cared for properly. Following normal maintenance guidelines will prolong the life of any electronic device. Hearing aids are small and modernized but are still susceptible to normal wear and tear.Cleaning the device regularly will prevent wax buildup from getting caught in the battery door or tube. Ear canals naturally build wax but will have trouble getting rid of the excess while hearing aids are inserted. Wearers of a hearing device should clean both the product and their ears on a regular schedule. Failure to do so will cause device malfunction, and in an extreme case, earwax blockage.
Never put damaged batteries into a hearing aid. During a battery change, the zinc-air battery should still be in its packaging. Activation should only occur when during the actual exchange. Not only does this prevent the insertion of a damaged battery, but it also saves energy. Once a battery is activated, it won’t shut off until the reserves are depleted.
Always put hearing aids in a place where they won’t be damaged. Avoid placing them on a seat, in an area with direct sunlight or around children. In the event the device gets damaged, there are a couple of repair options to consider.
Minor repair options can be handled at home by following instructions from an audiologist or manual. Sometimes it is a simple settings malfunction or issue with insertion. When the breakage is more advanced, wearers can take a trip to the local clinic for an in-office repair. This is a convenient way to resolve the issue in the shortest amount of time possible.
Damage that is beyond an office repair will require shipping it off to the manufacturer. This isn’t a bad sign at all, and there is a loaner hearing aid program in place to help out. Wearers should discuss all available options with their audiologist to see which current models are available.