Our experience in handling a wide range of hearing aid issues ensures that your device receives the best possible care.

Understanding the 3 Most Common Types of Hearing Aid Repairs at Jacobs Audiology

by | Nov 27, 2023 | Hearing Aid Repairs, Patient Resources

Hearing aids are vital for many, offering a significant improvement in the quality of life by enhancing hearing abilities. However, like any sophisticated electronic device, they can encounter problems.  

At Jacobs Audiology, we often see patients who are tempted to abandon their hearing aids at the first sign of trouble. But considering the investment you’ve made in your hearing aids, both financially and in terms of your health, it’s crucial to seek repair rather than setting them aside.  

Let’s explore the three most common types of hearing aid repairs we handle. 

1. Earwax Buildup: A Common Culprit

Earwax buildup is a frequent issue with hearing aids and accounts for a significant percentage of the repairs we undertake. Manufacturers typically include wax filters and cleaning tools to mitigate this problem, but earwax can still accumulate, affecting the electronic components and internal tubing.  

Regular cleaning to remove this buildup is essential. When earwax clogs a hearing aid, it can lead to diminished performance or complete malfunction. A simple cleaning can often restore its functionality, making this one of the more straightforward issues we resolve. 

2. Moisture Damage: The Invisible Enemy

Moisture is notoriously detrimental to the delicate electronics within hearing aids. Whether it’s humidity, sweat, or accidental exposure to water, moisture can lead to corrosion of the battery leads and circuit failure. This kind of damage can range from causing reduced performance to a complete shutdown of the device.  

At Jacobs Audiology, we assess the extent of moisture damage and recommend the best course of action, which may include internal component repairs or replacements. Keeping your hearing aids dry and storing them properly when not in use can significantly reduce the risk of moisture damage. 

3. Physical Defects: Wear and Tear

Physical damage, such as a cracked case or loose wires, is immediately noticeable and can significantly impair the functionality of your hearing aid. However, other defects like damaged microphones, receivers, tubes, tips, or earmolds may not be as obvious but are equally important. These components may require replacement for the hearing aid to function correctly. Regular inspections and maintenance can help identify these issues before they become major problems. 

Repair Costs and Considerations 

The cost of repairing a hearing aid varies based on the extent of the damage and whether the device is still under warranty. Minor repairs may be relatively inexpensive, but more complex issues requiring part replacements or manufacturer intervention can be costlier. 

It’s essential to bring your device to us as soon as you notice a problem to avoid more significant and expensive repairs down the line. 

When to Repair vs. Replace 

There are instances where replacing your hearing aid is more beneficial than repairing it. For example, hearing aids older than three to five years (depending on manufacturer) may be nearing the end of their lifespan.  

Rapid advancements in hearing aid technology can make finding parts for older models challenging, and often a new device offers more significant benefits.  

Additionally, if a relatively new hearing aid has already undergone multiple repairs or has extensive damage, it might be more economical to invest in a new unit. 

Proactive Care for Longevity 

To extend the life of your hearing aids and minimize repair costs, adopt diligent care practices.

This includes daily cleaning, keeping them dry (especially the battery compartment), proper storage away from potential damage (like pets or extreme temperatures), and avoiding exposure to harsh chemicals. 

At Jacobs Audiology, we understand the importance of your hearing aids and are committed to providing expert repair services. Our experience in handling a wide range of hearing aid issues ensures that your device receives the best possible care.  

If you’re experiencing problems with your hearing aids or have questions about maintenance, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to support you in maintaining optimal hearing health. 

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Marcie Jacobs, M.A., F-AAA

Marcie Jacobs has extensive experience in the field of Audiology. She became an audiologist over 25 years ago and has practiced in Southern Maryland and Prince Georges County. Jacobs Audiology was founded in 2011 with the philosophy of providing superior hearing health care for their patients. Her unique combination of empathy and energy result in excellent patient care. Marcie Jacobs obtained her Master of Science degree in Audiology from the University of Maryland in 1991.

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