Replace vs. Repair: How to Fix Hearing Aids

02/20/2024 | Hearing Aids

One day, your hearing aids are working totally fine. Then, the next – kaput! Suddenly, they’re not working like they did. Now you must figure out how to fix them… or get new ones.

If you’re reading this, chances are that your hearing aids aren’t working like they’re supposed to. Malfunctioning hearing aids can be frustrating, not to mention worrying, given that they’re a huge investment in your hearing healthcare.

Don’t worry – Highline Audiology can repair your hearing aids for you, as long as your hearing aids aren’t broken beyond repair. Quite often, hearing aids just need a simple fix or a quick clean, and we’ll have you out the door with your good as new hearing aids in no time.

What Broke My Hearing Aids?

Hearing aids can malfunction or appear broken due to a few very common issues: moisture damage, earwax buildup, and physical defects are the three culprits that we see the most often.

Sometimes, accidents happen – you take your hearing aids out to shower each morning, but one day, you forget to. Moisture is a very common issue that we see in hearing aids that aren’t performing correctly; reduced performance or a complete shutdown can come from moisture corrosion within a hearing aid’s delicate circuitry.

All hearing aids come with wax filters and cleaning tools, but sometimes earwax builds up on internal components – parts that require a professional’s eye to clean out without dealing damage. Twenty percent to thirty percent of hearing aid breakdowns are due to a buildup of earwax; it’s nothing to be embarrassed about.

Damaged casing, loose wires, and defective parts of hearing aids are also typical parts that need replacing to help the entire hearing aid work properly again. These are all very common hearing aid parts to repair – we have spares abound in our office.

Hearing aids are like any other form of technology out there: eventually, wear and tear will happen. Thankfully, a lot of minor issues like these can be quite easily repaired.

Should I Repair or Replace My Hearing Aids?

Repairing is possible—and cost effective—for minor issues like the ones listed above. However, if the repairs are pricier, replacement is often recommended for hearing aids that need more than a small fix.

There are a few ways to keep on top of your hearing aids’ well-being: daily cleaning, keeping them dry, storing them properly, and keeping them away from external damage from high temperature, UV exposure, hair care products, and harsh chemicals will help your hearing aids stay working better for longer.

Highline Audiology is always happy to help with your hearing aids, and we offer repair services for hearing aids in need of a quick fix.

Hearing aids are a huge investment in your hearing health – throwing broken ones away will prevent you from getting the benefits that they provide. A maintenance repair is not only cost effective but will help you continue to hear better, and healthier, for longer.

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Getting the Hearing Aid Help You Need

Worried about a broken hearing aid and hoping for a repair? Contact us at 206-246-8677 or visit our appointments page to schedule a repair appointment. We’re more than happy to help you get back on track with hearing clearly and confidently.

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Lori Losey Lovato MA, FAAA, Audiologist

Lori is a lifelong resident of the Tri-Cities. She and her husband Anthony are proud to be raising their family here. She attended Washington State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing sciences and her master’s degree in audiology. Lori began practicing audiology in the Tri-Cities in 1993. During this time, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including private practice and ear, nose, and throat physicians’ offices. She has spent her career focused on assisting those with hearing difficulties through the use of hearing aids, listening strategies, assistive devices, and counseling. She is experienced in working with both adult and pediatric patients. It is important to Lori to develop close relationships with each and every patient, as she helps them develop better communication strategies to live a fuller life.

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