By following a regular maintenance routine, you can extend the life of your devices and reduce the likelihood of being saddled with costly repair bills down the road.

hearing aid repairs

In order to keep your hearing aids in optimal working condition, be sure to clean them on a daily basis. Wipe down all surfaces with a soft, dry cloth. Because moisture can ruin the internal electronic components, be sure to avoid using water, cleaning solvents or alcohol. For more in-depth cleaning, consider buying a multi-tool—this versatile cleaning implement includes a wire loop and brush to assist in removing earwax and other debris from difficult-to-reach spots, and a magnet to remove the battery. Most audiologists offer “clean and check” appointments in which they will thoroughly clean your instruments and check to make sure they are operating correctly. Store your hearing aids in a protective case or drying container when you go to bed at night, or for any extended period when not in use.

Despite your best efforts, you may still encounter problems with your hearing aids from time to time. Fortunately, most issues can be resolved through a little troubleshooting. The following techniques often prove helpful.

  • No sound
    • Make sure batteries are inserted correctly
    • Replace weak or dead batteries
    • Clean earwax from earmold or tubing using wax removal or blower tools
    • Replace wax guard/filter
    • Make sure you don’t have your hearing aids set to telecoil mode
  • Weak/distorted sound
    • Remove and reinsert batteries
    • Replace weak or dead batteries
    • Open the battery compartment and clean the contacts with a dry cloth
    • Clean earwax from earmold or tubing using wax removal or blower tools
    • Replace wax guard/filter
  • Feedback/whistling
    • Remove and reinsert hearing aids
    • Clean earwax from microphone and sound ports
    • Turn down the volume
    • Make sure nothing is obstructing the ports
    • Have your doctor remove built-up earwax from your ear canals

If these tricks don’t resolve the problem, you’ll need to bring your hearing aids in for evaluation and repair. Your total cost will depend upon a number of factors including warranty coverage, extent of damage, price of replacement parts and labor charges.

At a certain point, you may be better off upgrading to new hearing aids. If your current devices are more than five years old, the damage is extensive or you have already paid for repairs in the past, you’ll want to consider buying new aids.