Hearing Aid Repair & Service
Are your hearing aids or assistive listening devices not working as well as they used to, or not working at all?
Before you decide to replace them with a new set, consider that a repair or reprogram could potentially restore them to as good as new! Hearing aids spend a lot of time in and around our ears, where moisture and earwax can work their way into the tiny nooks and crannies in a set of hearing aids, eventually causing problems with blockage or even corrosion. There can also be changes in the shape of our ear canals or changes in our hearing loss profile that require professional attention to properly refit.
At Dr. Hear, we offer FREE consultations on hearing aid repairs. Many times a hearing instrument that isn’t working properly can be returned to perfect working order with a simple procedure or two. Give us a call or walk into one of our six locations to have us take a look at your hearing aids and see what we can do to get them functioning perfectly again.
Hearing loss, for most people, tends to progress to a certain degree and then plateau. While this is normal, it’s never clear exactly where a person’s plateau will be until they reach it, or how long it will take to get there. If you’ve been wearing your hearing aids for a while, it could be that your hearing loss has progressed to a point where your hearing aids will need to be reprogrammed for your new hearing loss profile. We can give you a hearing test, find out how much your hearing ability has changed, and reprogram your existing hearing aids to work with your new needs. In some cases, such as when hearing loss progresses from moderate to severe, it may be that a different type of hearing aid will be required to meet your needs.
Custom molded earpieces are important for “power” hearing aids to work properly. Because they amplify sound so much, without a custom earpiece to keep the sound inside your ear canals they will be prone to whistling (feedback). If your hearing aids are starting to whistle, it may be that the shape of your ear canal has changed or that your custom earmolds have been damaged somehow. We can create a new mold of your ear canals and provide new custom earmolds to work with your existing hearing aids.
Most repairs can be done for no charge on the day you bring your hearing aids to our office. These types of repairs include:
- Fixing battery doors
- Minor reprogramming of many types of instruments
- Earbud replacement
- Extensive deep cleaning
- Minor patching
Don’t let these minor issues impede your hearing or lead you to spend thousands on new hearing aids. Regular maintenance and repair is a normal aspect of having hearing aids, so don’t live with hearing aids that aren’t working their best for you. Take advantage of our hearing aid repair services and let us help you hear the world clearly again!
More extensive repairs can be accomplished for a small charge. Typically, our centers only charge the manufacturer’s fee to fix a hearing instrument. These types of repairs might include:
- Circuit damage
- Significant body damage
- Repair or addition of extraction cord
- Other significant issues
Keep Hearing Aids Dry & Clean
The vast majority of hearing aid damage is caused by moisture and earwax. By cleaning your hearing aids every day, you’ll be much less likely to need regular repairs. Wipe them down with a clean, dry cloth at the end of every day before placing them in their charger or, if you use disposable batteries, removing the batteries and letting them sit overnight with the battery compartment open to the air. This helps them dry out and avoid corrosion of the internal parts.
If you’re concerned about the amount of moisture your hearing aids encounter, it may be a good investment to purchase a hearing aid dehumidifier or dehumidifying charger (if one is available for your specific model of hearing aids). Remember that moisture is the enemy of the sensitive electronics inside your hearing aids! Even a “water-resistant” set of hearing aids can incur damage over time, so keep your hearing aids clean and dry as possible!
Our experts can service and repair any hearing aid or assistive listening device from any manufacturer. Call today or stop by one of our offices and we will look over your device for FREE and explain what can be done to get it working again.