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The most common repairs required by hearing aids are based on dirt and debris blocking the microphones and the receivers.
In other words, the majority of repairs required are sue to poor/low maintenance. Your hearing healthcare professional will review with you how to maintain your hearing aids, how to keep them clean and dry, how to change batteries etc.
In-The-Ear (ITE), In The Canal (ITC), and Completely In the Canal (CIC) aids have their working parts in the ear mould, and therefore tend to need repairing more often than Behind-The-Ear (BTE) aids.
Nonetheless, if the hearing aids are well maintained, generally speaking, they can last 5 to 7 years.
How to maintain your hearing aid ?
1. Try not to get your hearing aids wet. If they do become wet, open the battery door and remove the battery, wipe the outside with a dry cloth and then allow the hearing aids to dry in open air.
2. Always store your hearing aids in a safe place away from children and pets.
3. Always store your batteries in a dry place and keep them away from moisture (swimming pool, sink, shower, rain).
4. Each evening, remove your hearing aids before going to bed. Try to get into the habit of opening the battery door whenever you are not using them. This ensures that they are turned off and enables the instruments to dry out during the night.
What Questions Should be asked before buying a Hearing Aid?
There are many questions you should ask before purchasing a new hearing aid. The most important is “Do I have permanent hearing loss? and if so… Who should I see about this?”
Many people do not have permanent hearing loss and instead have hearing problems caused by ear wax, which can be removed by your GP. Sometimes middle ear infections cause a temporary hearing problem which can be eliminated after medical treatment.
Before purchasing hearing aids, a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation should be obtained. You should ask the hearing aid dispenser questions about charges for the hearing evaluation, dispensing fee(s), and future servicing and repair.
You should also inquire about the trial period policy and what fees are refundable if you return the hearing aid(s) during the trial period.
Additionally you should ask about the warranty coverage for your hearing aid as well as options for insuring the device.
How often do I need to change the hearing aid battery ?
Hearing aid batteries should be changed about every 7 to 14 days based on 16 hours per day use cycle.
The exact schedule for changing batteries depends on the amount of time the hearing aids are worn and the power consumed over time.
Most new digital hearing aids have battery warning indicators. Before the battery goes out, the hearing aid will beep to indicate that it needs to be changed.