Age and use can take their toll on hearing aids, and while there’s always the option of professional hearing aid repair for one that has become damaged, sometimes it’s better to attempt some common repairs first. Depending on the issue you’re having, you may be able to troubleshoot and/or repair your hearing aid on your own.
Here are a few common 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? Contact us to schedule an evaluation and discuss hearing aid repair options.
How Much Do Hearing Aid Repairs Cost?
Hearing aid repair costs can vary depending on several factors:
- Whether or not the hearing aid is still under warranty
- The extent of damage to the hearing aid
- The cost of replacement parts for your hearing aid
If you purchased your hearing aid from Columbia Basin 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 device.
- The damage is visible—and looks extensive. If your hearing aid has been stepped on, smashed, or damaged in a way that seems unfixable, then it is most likely unfixable.
- Your hearing aid has been repaired several times in the past. A history of repairs means a history of breakage — and history has a habit of repeating itself. While a new hearing aid may cost more upfront, it can more than balance out the cost and annoyance of regular repairs.
At Columbia Basin Hearing Center, our specialists can diagnose and/or repair the problem with all makes and models of hearing aids. If you are having trouble with your hearing aids, we’d be more than happy to help you get your device back in working order. Call us today or stop by to schedule an appointment and find out what options are available to fix your broken hearing aid.