Hearing Aid Repair and Maintenance
Advanced Hearing of Brighton provides access to some of the best hearing aid models in the industry. The quality of hearing devices matters and can make a difference in longevity when proper care instructions are followed. When and if a hearing device starts failing, wearers need to have a solid plan for repair or replacement options.
How Hearing Aids Break
Excessive wear and tear with electronics will degrade the quality of the equipment. All electronic devices have a shelf life, but it is shortened considerably with bad handling. Leaving the device in extreme temperatures, dropping it or forcing the wrong battery into the compartment will lower its effectiveness.
Larger hearing aids like the behind-the-ear (BTE) variety are not fully protected by the ears and are partially exposed when worn. Invisible devices like in-the-canal (ITC) and invisible-in-canal (IIC) styles are susceptible to earwax, making them harder to keep clean where build-up is a problem. But breakages are still eclipsed by the very human problem of misplaced devices. Buying a hearing aid case will completely resolve this issue, and can also provide minor protection when the devices are not worn.
Maintenance and Care
During the fitting, an audiologist will provide insight into the best ways to care for a hearing aid. Normal maintenance instructions are included, but there are a few extra steps the wearer can take. If the hearing device has replaceable batteries, then setting up a cleaning schedule should coincide with battery changes. This is the best time to check for wax and clean the ear canal. Any extra debris that’s found on the device can be cleared off before reinsertion.
Normal care falls under self-repair options when dealing with minor hearing aid issues. This is something that can be resolved without violating the warranty. When the damage is beyond home repair, in-office help is available. This includes cleanings that may be beyond the expertise of individual users. Some office repairs can be done on the same day, even if it is a walk-in.
When extensive damage is a problem, the clinic sends off the hearing device to the manufacturer for a full repair. To maintain the current hearing loss treatment, loaner hearing devices are discussed and provided. This allows the wearer to keep their quality of life while the originals get replaced.