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What are the Most Common Hearing Aid Repairs?

What are the Most Common Hearing Aid Repairs?

Have you recently started using hearing aids? It’s easy to forget, but these are tech devices. Similar to any other tech device, they can get damaged quite easily. When this happens, you will need to make sure that you get the right fix or repair. Usually, this will mean visiting an audiologist. An audiologist can make sure that the repair is handled correctly and help you avoid further damage to your device. Here are some of the most common repairs that you might need for your hearing aids. 

Damaged battery

Damage to the battery compartment is quite a common issue. Why is this? Well, it’s likely due to the fact that you have put the battery in the wrong way or even used the wrong battery. It may also be the case that the battery area was exposed to moisture. Depending on the issue, this could either be a quick fix or a major repair. If there is damage to the battery compartment, you will usually find that the hearing aid either stops turning on or turns off randomly. Get your hearing aids checked out if you notice this issue. 

Broken hook

Most hearing aids have a hook that fits over the ear. These are called behind the ear hearing aids. Here, the main section of the device fits behind the ear, usually with a plastic hook. Many people do not realize how flimsy and thin these hooks are. It doesn’t take much top snap them in half or even bend them. When this happens, it’s important to get the hook either repaired or replaced. This is quite a simple fix and an audiologist will typically have replacement parts on hand. Even if the hook is bent it can mean that the hearing aids are no longer comfortable and stop you from wearing them. 

Damaged mic

You might that your hearing aids are no longer effective at picking up sounds. A problem like this is sure to be an issue with the mic. This can become damaged for a variety of reasons. You might also notice that the hearing aid is producing static or the sound might be muffled and distorted in a range of different ways. Usually, this will require the mic to be replaced. It’s quite a tricky repair and usually, your device will need to be kept by an audiologist for at least a few days. 

Clogged tubing

It’s possible that the tubing of the device is clogged. Usually, this will be an issue with an excess level of earwax. Earwax builds up because your ears are self-cleaning. So, if you do have a lot of earwax it will typically be pushed to the surface. That’s how it ends up filling the tube that connects the two parts of the hearing aid. This is easy to fix by either cleaning out the tube or replacing it. An audiologist can handle both for you. 

Damaged earmold

Finally, it’s possible that the earmold of the device has been damaged. This is the part of the device that fits inside your ear. If it is damaged, then it will cause your ear to become irritated and may even lead to cuts and scratches. This is easy to repair with the right support from an audiologist.