Hearing Aid Repairs
At the ENT, Sinus & Hearing Care Center, we understand that like any piece of technology, hearing aids can experience wear and tear over time. Whether it's due to regular usage, accidental damage, or time's inevitable toll, hearing aids might require repairs or maintenance. Here’s a comprehensive guide to understanding hearing aid repairs.
Common Issues and Quick Fixes
While regular maintenance can prolong the life of your hearing aid, issues can still arise. Before opting for professional repair, consider trying these simple solutions:
- Replace your battery
- Remove and reinsert your hearing aid
- Clean your hearing aid using the provided cleaning tool
- Replace the wax filter
- Open and close the battery compartment
- Ensure the battery compartment is obstruction-free
- Review your input settings
Understanding the Costs of Hearing Aid Repairs
The cost of hearing aid repairs can vary based on several factors:
- Warranty status
- Extent of damage
- Replacement part costs
If your hearing system was purchased from the ENT, Sinus & Hearing Care Center and is still under warranty, repair costs may be minimal. However, devices no longer under warranty or purchased elsewhere may incur higher costs. While certain damages, like cracked shells on custom-molded devices, can be pricier, they can often be repaired.
When is a Hearing Aid Beyond Repair?
Determining whether a hearing aid is beyond repair requires an expert’s evaluation. However, signs that your device might be beyond saving include:
- Ageing beyond three years
- Visible extensive damage
- Multiple prior repairs
Weighing the costs of repairs against new device purchases can be challenging, but our team is here to guide you through the decision-making process.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How fragile are hearing aids?
Modern hearing aids, though lightweight and compact, can be susceptible to damage from excessive force. This can compromise their functionality.
2. Are hearing aids waterproof?
While some brands offer waterproof hearing aids, most devices are not fully waterproof. It’s essential to avoid submersion to prevent permanent damage.
3. Does insurance cover my hearing aid repairs?
Insurance coverage varies, but typically, regular repairs are not covered. However, extended-coverage plans may be available at the ENT, Sinus & Hearing Care Center.
4. How can I determine if my hearing aids are broken?
If basic troubleshooting doesn’t resolve the issue, a professional diagnostic is the best way to assess your device’s condition.
5. What activities can potentially damage hearing aids?
Activities like swimming, showering, or intense physical activities can damage hearing aids if they aren’t securely fastened or removed beforehand.
6. Where can I get my hearing aids repaired?
The ENT, Sinus & Hearing Care Center can assist with diagnostics and offer repairs when possible. Often, devices still under warranty have minimal or no charges for certain repairs.
If you encounter any issues with your hearing aids or require professional assessment, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are dedicated to ensuring your devices function optimally and enhance your quality of life.