Age and use can take their toll on hearing aids, and while there’s always the option of replacing a hearing aid that has become damaged, sometimes it’s better to attempt some common hearing aid repairs first.
Common Hearing Aid Repairs.
Depending on the issue you’re having, you may be able to troubleshoot or repair your hearing aid on your own. Here are a few common hearing aid fixes you can try right now:
- Replace the battery
- Remove and reinsert your hearing aid
- Clean your hearing aid
- Replace the wax filter
- Open and close the battery compartment
- Check your input settings
Still having trouble with your hearing aid? Contact us to schedule a free hearing consultation and screening and discuss further hearing aid repair options.
How Much Do Hearing Aid Repairs Cost?
Hearing aid repair costs can vary depending on several factors: (1) Whether or not the hearing aid is still under warranty, (2) The extent of damage to the hearing aid, and (3) The cost of replacement parts for your hearing aid.
If you purchased your hearing aid from Whittier Hearing Center and it is still under warranty, your hearing aid repair costs will probably be small—or even free! Out of warranty or older hearing aids that require substantial repair may cost more. Cracked cases on custom molded devices can be expensive to replace, but in some circumstances, these cracks can be repaired.
When Your Hearing Aid is Beyond Repair.
Much like a car, a hearing aid that has accrued enough damage can be totaled. In this case, it’s usually better—on both a financial and functional level—to replace the hearing aid with a new model. But how do you know if your hearing aid is totaled, or just damaged?
While it takes an expert to properly diagnose a damaged hearing aid, you can usually assume your hearing aid is beyond repair if:
Your hearing aid is five or more years old.
Hearing aids have a life expectancy of five to seven years. If you’ve hit that cusp and are experiencing problems, it may be time to retire your technology.
The damage is visible—and looks extensive.
If your hearing aid has been stepped on, smashed, or damaged in a way that seems unfixable, it may be unfixable.
Your hearing aid has been repaired several times in the past.
A history of repair means a history of breakage—and history has a habit of repeating. While a new hearing aid may cost more upfront, it can more than balance out the cost and annoyance of regular repair.
At Whittier Hearing Center, our specialists are happy to look at the hearing aid and discuss your options with you. Call us to find out what would be a good time to stop by and have us look at the hearing aid. It is always best to call ahead. In an emergency you are welcome to “drop in” and we will see you as soon as we can, but there may be a wait.
Frequently Asked Questions
Because of how small and light today’s hearing aids are — and because of how delicate the internal components are — any excessive force applied to the device may crack the outer shell, which is likely to compromise its function permanently. Internal components might be moisture resistant, but submersion can still permanently damage the unit.
If you aren’t using hearing aids that are tightly secured, any intense physical activity might jar them loose. Swimming or showering without first removing your devices can also cause damage, as most hearing aids are not rated to withstand water.
Only device diagnostics by a professional can determine that, but your devices might be broken if you have tried to troubleshoot them using the tips above, but are still experiencing difficulties getting them to work correctly.
Our practice can help diagnose the problem with your technology, and we will offer a repair if fixing the device is possible. In many cases, when you’ve purchased your technology at Whittier Hearing Center, repairs for devices that are still under warranty carry a minimal charge, if any at all.
A few hearing aid brands are waterproof, but by and large, most hearing aids are not. Some internal components in some hearing aids are water resistant, meaning they’ll protect against humidity or condensation to a degree. Direct contact with liquid, or submersion, should be avoided.
Contact your insurer’s customer service line to find out for sure, but typically, insurance does not cover the cost of hearing aid repairs. Extended-coverage plans that protect against damage, however, are available for some hearing aids at Whittier Hearing Center. Please call our office to learn more about protecting your investment in better hearing!
13121 E. Philadelphia St.
Whittier, CA 90601