Repairing Your Damaged or Broken Hearing Aid
Even if you take care of your hearing aids and keep up with regular maintenance, time takes its toll on all technology, and it’s possible that yours will eventually wear out through the course of normal use.
While replacing your damaged hearing aids may be the best answer in some cases — it gives you the opportunity to upgrade your technology — there are some common hearing aid repairs that you can try if you’re having problems with one or both of your devices. Try these quick fixes:
- Replace your battery
- Remove your hearing aid and reinsert into the ear
- Clean your hearing aid using a cleaning tool
- Replace the wax filter
- Open and close the battery compartment
- Make sure the battery compartment is free of obstructions
- Check your input settings (if applicable) to ensure the hearing aid’s power is on
How Much Do Hearing Aid Repairs Cost?
The cost to fix a broken or damaged hearing aid varies based on a few things: whether the hearing aid is still under warranty, how damaged the device is, and the cost of replacement parts for your unit.
If you bought your hearing system from Hearing HealthCare, Inc. and it is still under warranty, your repair will be covered in full. Hearing aids that are no longer under warranty, or that were purchased elsewhere and are no longer under warranty, will likely have a cost associated with repair and will include a subsequent warranty should anything happen in the next 6-12 month that cause them to fail. Cracked shells on custom-molded devices can be expensive if the device needs complete recasing, but in some cases, these cracks can be patched instead of recased, thus reducing the cost.
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 aid is beyond repair if:
- Your devices are more than five years old. Hearing aids typically last for three to five years. If your hearing aid is beyond five years old, repair needs are likely to pile up, in which case it makes more financial sense to purchase a new device and obtain the newest technology with a trial and new warranty period.
- 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 unable to be repaired.
- Your hearing aids have an extensive repair history. If your hearing aid has undergone multiple repairs for the same or even for different issues, it may be beyond saving. Much like a totaled car, a hearing aid needing that many fixes to be functional may simply no longer be worth the repair cost, and it may make more sense financially to invest in a new unit.
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 audiologists 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 more than happy to help you get your devices back in working order, or to help you determine what options are available to fix your broken hearing aid that we cannot revive in our office.