Hearing aids are essential for those who are experiencing hearing loss. A hearing aid allows someone who is experiencing hearing loss to once again be able to hear clearly, which allows them to continue living their life as they did before experiencing a loss of hearing.
A hearing aid is a small device that has many working parts. People wearing hearing aids will need to provide a little maintenance to keep them working at their best. Hearing aid repairs may also be necessary to keep the hearing aid in the best shape possible. Fortunately, we can provide repairs.
Hearing Aid Problems
Hearing aid repairs are necessary when someone is experiencing problems with the device. These problems can range from simple, like the battery door broking, to quite complex, like moisture getting inside the hearing aid. Some of the more common hearing aid problems include inconsistent performance, not being able to hear as clearly as before and not being able to hear anything at all.
When someone breaks a hearing aid, they need hearing aid repair options as soon as possible so that they are able to hear properly once again. We can provide these repairs. It is crucial to not attempt any DIY repairs without proper training to avoid causing more damage.
Proper Care of Hearing Aids
Taking proper care of hearing aids is essential to their ability to last as long as possible. Proper care includes cleaning the hearing aids on a regular basis in order to remove any moisture, which is one of the top reasons why people experience problems with their hearing aids. Special cleaning tools often come with a purchase of hearing aids and allow for proper cleaning.
It is also important to avoid dropping a hearing aid since they can break after falling on a hard surface. When a patient is not wearing the hearing aids, it is important to properly store them in a dry and cool place. Special hearing aid boxes are available for this reason.
How Long Can a Hearing Aid Last?
This is a common question for people who are new to wearing hearing aids. The answer is going to depend on the overall quality of the hearing aid, the type of hearing aid and the level of maintenance. While the average life of a hearing aid is about five years, some hearing aid can last for 10 years. People who provide constant maintenance will begin to eliminate the need for extensive repairs. Depending on the quality of the hearing aid, amount of use and how much exposure it has to outside elements, the hearing aid will provide the given amount of useful services.
Custom Ear Molds
When a patient chooses custom hearing aids, he or she must first get a custom ear mold. To make custom hearing aids, we will take an impression of the patient’s ear, including the ear canal. We will then send this material over to a lab to make the actual ear mold. Once complete, we will attach the specific hearing aid device to the mold for a comfortable fit.
Custom ear mold maintenance is important and includes gently wiping the ear mold every day to prevent earwax buildup. Disinfecting the custom ear molds once a week using a non-alcohol based cloth is also effective for maintaining custom ear molds.
Used Hearing Aids
Used hearing aids will work with patients as long as they are compatible with the type of hearing loss the patient has. Before a patient can wear used hearing aids it is necessary to first have them fully inspected by an audiologist in order to be sure that they are indeed in good working order. If not, they can be sent out for hearing aid reconditioning maintenance or hearing aid repair.
Hearing Aid Maintenance
Regular hearing aid maintenance is very important when it comes to ensuring that hearing aids are always working to their best ability. Hearing aid maintenance is required because moisture, heat, dirt particles and earwax can potentially damage any electronic parts of the hearing aid. Using a soft dry cloth to wipe over the hearing aid every couple of days or so will help keep the outside surfaces clean. In order to combat the problem of moisture getting inside the hearing aid device, one can simply remove the battery and open the casing at the end of the day so that the hearing aid can dry out overnight.
If you would like to learn more about hearing aid repairs and maintenance and the various treatments we provide, call (707) 509-1145 to schedule a consultation.