Repairing Your Damaged or Broken Hearing Aid
Time takes its toll on all technology. No matter how well you care for and maintain your devices, they will start to falter or parts will eventually wear out through the course of normal use.
Some common hearing aid repairs you can try at home are:
- Replacing your battery
- Removing and reinserting your hearing aid
- Cleaning your hearing aid using a cleaning tool
- Replacing the wax filter
- Opening and closing the battery compartment
- Making sure the battery compartment is free of obstructions
- Checking your input settings
How Much Do Hearing Aid Repairs Cost?
Despite your best home-repair efforts, sometimes your devices need the expertise of a professional. The cost to fix a broken or damaged hearing aid depends on the warranty, how damaged the device is, and the cost of replacement parts for your unit.
If it’s still under warranty and you bought the device(s) from us, your repair costs will likely be minimal — if there’s a charge at all. If the warranty has expired or the device was purchased elsewhere, it will cost more to fix. Cracked shells on custom-molded devices can be expensive, but, in some, cases these cracks can be repaired.
When Is Your Hearing Aid Beyond Repair?
It takes a hearing aid expert to properly diagnose a damaged hearing aid, but you can assume your hearing aids are beyond repair if:
- Your devices are more than three years old. Hearing aids typically last three to five years. Beyond that, repair needs are likely to pile up. It might make more financial sense to get new devices.
- The damage is visible. Although the damage may not be as bad as it looks, if your hearing aid has been stepped on or smashed in some other way, it may be unfixable.
- Your hearing aids have an extensive repair history. If your hearing aid has undergone multiple repairs for the same or different issues, it may be beyond saving.
A manufacturer’s warranty essentially states that the product should work for as long as the warranty lasts — nothing beyond that is guaranteed. Balancing the cost of repairs with the cost of a new system (and how it will benefit your life) can be tricky, but our practice can help you determine a proper course of action after diagnosing the damage and estimating repair costs.
If you’re having any trouble with your hearing aids, please contact us. We’re happy to help you determine what options are available to fix your broken hearing aid(s).