Should I Repair My Hearing Aid or Buy a New One?

Should I Repair My Hearing Aid or Buy a New One?

Should I Repair My Hearing Aid or Buy a New One?

Hearing aids have a decent lifespan, but regular upkeep, maintenance and consistent cleaning is important. If your hearing aid is losing its effectiveness, you may need a repair. Or, if it’s beyond repair, a new device may help you.

Often, many hearing aid users need assistance with future device planning. Should you repair an existing hearing aid? Should you buy a new device? If you’re having consistent hearing aid issues, considering the following elements may aid your decision:

Hearing Aids: When to Repair

Understandably, you wouldn’t’ want to purchase a new device if your old one simply needs a small repair. Hearing aids are susceptible to wear-and-tear situations. After all: They’re worn a lot. Hearing aid repair isn’t much of an issue, often can be completed in-house, and is a common choice for users experiencing technical problems.

In Need of Cleaning

Ear wax, dirt and other materials can clog a hearing aid, and they can inhibit the device’s functions. A hearing aid’s technological “health” is determined by its ability to capture surrounding noises and transmit them effectively. If ear wax or other materials are obstructing a hearing aid’s primary function areas—a quick clean-up and small repair will solve your problems.

In Need of a New Battery

Hearing aids are battery operated, and batteries can experience issues. If you’re experiencing the following issues, you may need a replacement power source:

•    Whistling or howling

•    Distorted noise

•    No noise

When a hearing aid’s electrical input is damaged or running low on power, the device’s entire functionality may be impaired. Fear not, however, as a quick battery replacement is a common solution for such problems, and the process is quite simple. If you find that your hearing aids are draining power at an alarming rate, this may be sign of a technical issue. Remember, never store your hearing aid batteries in the refrigerator or in your pocket with loose change. Both habits can actually shorten battery life.

Hearing Aids: When to Buy

Unfortunately, electronics wear out. While a good hearing aid can last over five years, technology can degrade due to a number of circumstances. Additionally, new technology may simply be better than the model you’re currently using.

Corroded Components

As stated above, your hearing aid will experience a lot of use. Because it’s constantly exposed to the elements—and, because it’s “on” often, your device’s electronics may erode and corrode. Don’t worry: Your ear is safe from harm. A hearing aid’s battery-operated mechanics are inside the device, away from your ear’s touch.

However, if your hearing aid’s components are corroded, you may need to purchase a new device. Your hearing aid’s microphone signal, input noise and battery compartment are vital to its operations, and any of these parts, when worn down, are difficult to replace.

Broken Parts

Similar to component corrosion, your hearing aid may be dropped, stepped on or misplaced. In these cases, replacement is necessary. Repair is always an option, but irreversible repair often occurs when the entire device is damaged. Shopping for a durable device is always advised, and keeping your hearing aid in a safe place when not in use will protect you from unnecessary re-purchases.

A Matter of Money: Which Costs More?

Understandably, you’re probably concerned about replacement and repair costs. In general, hearing aid repair costs less than hearing aid replacement. Battery replacements, cleanings and maintenance check-ups are among a hearing aid’s cheapest offerings. In fact, we offer complimentary cleanings on all hearing aids to make sure you are getting the most out of your hearing aids.

However, if you’ve obtained a hearing aid warranty, you may be entitled to drastic cost reductions for a replacement device. Remember: Always contact your hearing aid provider before re-purchasing. You may not realize the reductions you’re entitled to, and you may even receive a free or reduced cost replacement in the event of extreme damage or loss. Hearing aid warranties are incredibly helpful for those experiencing irreparable damages, lost or stolen devices.

Our practice offers complimentary hearing aid cleanings and in-house hearing aid repair service. If your hearing aid isn’t working as usual, give us a call. We are happy to help.

Lifestyle Hearing Solutions

6425 E. Broadway
Tucson, AZ 85710

(520) 323-0099