Hearing Aid Repair

Hearing Aid Repair

Any electronic device could be vulnerable to issues at any time, and hearing aids are no exception. They are intricate pieces of machinery, and wearers of hearing aids can sometimes encounter problems with their hearing aids.

Here's how to reduce the chances of hearing aid issues occurring and what you can do if your hearing aid starts to malfunction.

Daily Maintenance Tips for Your Hearing Aids

  • Remove earwax

    To avoid a temporary malfunction or permanent damage, it is essential to remove earwax from your hearing aid. Try to get the right cleaning equipment for the task, including a soft brush and small picks or loops from your hearing aid provider. Follow the guidelines for the cleaning of your hearing aids from your hearing provider or hearing aid manufacturer.

  • Wipe clean regularly

    Clean your hearing aids with a dry, soft cloth when you remove them at night. Try not to use water, alcohol swabs, or cleaning solvents, as your hearing aids may break down or get damaged.

  • Don't drop your hearing aids

    Your device could be damaged if you drop your hearing aids onto the floor. While you're learning how to install and remove your hearing aids properly, sit on your couch or somewhere else where the hearing aids will be protected if dropped.

  • Store properly

    Protect your hearing aids from heat and moisture when not in use and store them in a dry, cool area of your house. Ask us about a dehumidification box. These boxes are designed to remove moisture, which can corrode sensitive circuitry.

  • Save power

    To conserve battery power when not in use, leave the battery door open.

What is Hearing Loss?

To understand hearing loss, its important to learn how normal hearing works. Sound waves enter the outer ear, and are funneled towards the ear canal. When sounds reach the middle ear, they vibrate against the tympanic membrane, or ear drum. This vibrates the ossicles, three tiny bones in the middle ear that focus and transmit this vibration to the inner ear. The inner ear, or cochlea, is a fluid-filled chamber lined with tiny hair cells that sense the vibration in the fluid, translate these vibrations into electrical signals, and send these signals to your brain. The auditory center in your brain processes these signals, and you experience sound.

Hearing loss can affect any part of this process, and damage in the outer, middle, or inner ear will lead to hearing loss.

Troubleshooting Your Hearing Aids

There are three main types of hearing loss that affect your hearing in different ways.

• Inspect the hearing aid visually. Is there earwax blocking the opening or sound outlet of the microphone?
• Ensure that your hearing aid is switched on. By closing the battery door, hearing aids are typically powered on.
• Turn up the volume with your remote control or directly on the hearing aid.
• Replace the battery.

Types of Hearing Loss

There are three main types of hearing loss that affect your hearing in different ways.

This hearing loss is the most common form of hearing loss. It can be caused by presbycusis or the natural aging process, as well as by exposure to dangerously loud sounds. In both these cases, the cells in your inner ear are damaged, and your cells can’t detect sound waves, or transmit this information to your brain. With sensorineural hearing loss, you’re more likely to have trouble following speech, struggle with high pitched sounds, and have a hard time hearing in places with a lot of background noise.

Professional Hearing Aid Repairs with Hearing Centers of Indiana

If you have tried the above tips and your hearing aid is still not working, take them to us! Our professional team is excited to evaluate your hearing aids and help you determine if it makes the most financial sense to have them fixed. We serve all brands and models and are here to assist you.

A variety of factors influence the cost of getting your hearing aids fixed:

  1. Whether your hearing aids are under warranty.
  2. The extent of the damage.
  3. The price of replacement parts.

If your hearing aids are already under warranty and bought from us, there will be minimal or no maintenance costs. If the warranty has expired, we will need to determine the extent of damage before providing you with an estimate.

You may be better off investing in a new pair of hearing aids in some situations, depending on the repair cost. This is especially true if the existing aids are more than five years old. Technical developments mean that today's digital devices are more sophisticated and contain more features than those a few years older.

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