Like any other electronic device, your hearing aids may have issues from time to time, necessitating repairs.
A crack on the casing, earwax blocking the receiver, microphone not working, etc., are all problems that may interrupt the device’s proper functioning.
While it’s possible to troubleshoot some issues from home on your own or via remote audiological support, some may require you to visit your hearing aid specialist to have your device repaired.
In extreme cases, the specialist may have to send the hearing aids to the manufacturer for advanced repairs.
How Much Do Repairs Cost?
Now, I know you’re wondering how much the hearing aid will cost to repair if it requires more than at-home troubleshooting.
The cost of hearing aid repairs range between The range is $25-260, and that depends on several factors, like its model or the part that needs repairing or replacement.
Most hearing aids come with a 1-2 years warranty, so if you need repairs within that period, the manufacturer will take care of miscellaneous repairs.
The warranty also covers replacement, but you need to pay a deductible towards that. Some parts, like the casing (shell), have their warranty.
Hence, any replacements will be covered as long as they fall under the warranty. Otherwise, once the warranty duration expires, you will need to have an out-of-pocket budget to finance the repairs.
This can be costly, with casing replacement ranging between ($-$), while repairing mechanical parts, like the microphone or receiver costing ($-$).
Other minor issues may cost slightly lower, but again depending on the device type and the part itself.
Hearing aids last between five and seven years, within which you may need to do repairs a few times every year. Due to the high cost involved, some users prefer to extend the warranty by paying for an extra 1-2 years.
Other affordable options include adding the hearing aid to your homeowners’ insurance policy or other relevant policies, which help cover repair and replacement costs.
Regular Care and Maintenance Reduces Hearing Aid Repair Frequency
Nonetheless, you can drastically reduce the frequency of repairs by taking good care of your hearing device through regular maintenance.
For instance, accumulation of earwax, and debris, are the common causes of microphone and receiver issues.
Debris (dead skin flakes, clothing lint, splashes from hair and skin products) absorb moisture, leading to device malfunction.
Cleaning your aids regularly (preferably daily) will significantly reduce the need for repairs.
Studies have also shown that using a Dry and Store drying system to blow across the device can reduce the need for repairs up to three times.
While cleaning the device, pay special attention to the casing, microphone, and receiver.
Use a dry cloth to clean the shell, and brush the microphone gently with its cleaning brush.
Earwax gathers in the receiver, which hinders the transmission of sound. Use the pick to scoop the dirt back out gently.
Doing this regularly, in addition to keeping the device away from liquid splashes like hair sprayers and water, will save you on repair costs and prolong its life.
If you live in an area with high humidity, consider using a dehumidifier to keep moisture from accumulating in the device.
I hope I have answered your question and probably empowered you to take better care of your aids. In case you have any issues with your device, reach out to our remote team for help.
If the problem cannot be handled remotely, you may need to bring it to us for repair, and we will loan you a set of devices to keep you going as we repair yours.
And in case the device needs to be shipped to the manufacturer, we will send it on your behalf.