Your frustration due to the poor performance of your hearing aid might tempt you to toss it into your junk drawer with all your other malfunctioning electronic devices. Besides wasting your investment, the cost of abandoning your hearing aids includes an increased risk of developing serious mental and physical health issues.
The cost to repair a malfunctioning hearing aid is minimal when compared to the consequences of living without it, which is why we provide hearing aid maintenance and repair to hearing aid wearers in Northeastern Oregon.
Three Hearing Aid Repair Problems
The hearing aids brought to us because they are malfunctioning or not performing as designed typically have one or more problems to address, including:
- Earwax Accumulation. Hearing aid manufacturers include wax filters and cleaning tools with their devices due to the fact that between 20% and 30% of hearing aid breakdowns are the result of earwax accumulation in internal tubing and/or delicate electronic components.
- Corrosion from Moisture. The worst enemy of the delicate electronic components is moisture. Moisture causes corrosion, producing circuit failure, reduced performance and/or a complete shut down.
- Physical Damage or Defects. A damaged case and/or loose wires from dropping or stepping on a hearing aid are common issues. Less noticeable issues, like damaged or defective microphones, receivers, tubes, tips and earmolds, must be addressed for your hearing aids to function properly.
Daily hearing aid cleaning and maintenance is an excellent habit to develop, not only because it helps eliminate earwax and moisture damage, but it makes it easier to spot physical damage and defects before they become a serious problem that requires more costly repair.
Cost of Hearing Aid Repair
The cost of repairing your hearing aid depends on the repairs necessary as well as whether your instrument is still under warranty.
Repair costs begin at $68 and range up to $496 depending on the extent of the repairs and the cost of the parts we replace. A quick tuneup in our office includes compression treatment, diagnostic testing and any necessary repairs.
If you want to keep repair costs down, your best option is to schedule regular hearing aid checkups and bring your device to us the moment you notice a problem.
When Is Replacement the Better Option?
Replacing your hearing aid rather than having it repaired can be the best option in certain situations. At between three and five years old, your hearing aids are nearing the end of their life expectancy.
Their outdated technology means that you might be missing out on innovative features with greater benefits and value than you can get from your repaired unit. It is also to your advantage to replace hearing aids that have seen extensive damage or undergone repair multiple times, even if they are less than three years old because potential repair costs could exceed the cost of a new unit.
Daily Hearing Aid Care Reduces Repair Costs
Keeping your hearing aids free of earwax, moisture, debris, excessive temperatures, and harsh chemicals while storing and handling them with care helps performance. Daily care, which extends the life of your device and keeps repair costs down, should include:
- Clean, inspect and handle over a soft surface
- Avoid moisture, especially the battery compartment
- Prevent damage by pets and children, UV exposure, and extreme temperatures by storing properly
- Avoid harsh chemicals (hair care products, colognes, cleaning solvents, etc.)
Expert Hearing Aid Repair from Audiology and Hearing Aids Associates
I have been repairing hearing aids since 1998. I have been to numerous manufacturer training with major brands like Starkey, Resound, and Phonak several times over the years. Jan has trained under my guidance for the last 2 years. Continuing education while technology continues to grow is an important, annual, and ongoing process for us.
Our team at A&HAA fix 100’s of hearing aids annually. We focus on minimizing the amount of time your device is out of service, providing loaner devices if the repairs will take a few days. In addition to repairs, we provide troubleshooting assistance, cleaning, maintenance, and repair. If you or a loved one are struggling with your hearing aids, take advantage of our expertise and contact us to schedule an appointment.