Although your hearing aid is capable of withstanding plenty of wear and tear, failure to care for and maintain it correctly will quickly lead to damage. If you are not careful, this damage can be irreparable and you will need to invest in a new hearing aid. Despite this, sometimes, the issue is the fault of the device, and there is nothing that you could have done to prevent it.

Your hearing health professional can provide information on the best way to care for your hearing aid, and they can arrange hearing aid repairs should you require them. If you want to know what to expect, here are four common hearing aid repairs that you may encounter. 

Battery

Battery issues are some of the most common problems people with hearing aids encounter. They are also some of the easiest to identify. 

The most common fault you’ll find with your battery is that it runs out of power, and this is easy to recognize as the hearing aid’s sound quality will not be as consistent as it should be. If your hearing aid produces an inconsistent sound or the occasional beep, this is your hearing aid telling you that the battery is running low. 

It’s important to charge the battery each night, or if you have an older model, try to replace the battery every week or every two weeks. 

Fitting

When you purchase a hearing aid, your audiologist will work with you to help you select the correct type of hearing aid for you. There are three main types of hearing aids: behind the ear, in the ear and in the canal. All offer unique benefits depending on your needs, and your audiologist will help you fit the hearing aid, so it is comfortable. 

However, as your hearing aid is not fixed, it can slip now and again, which could cause the hearing aid to become misshapen. As you get older, your ears will also grow, and this could affect the fitting. 

Ill-fitting devices can hinder your experience and make it impossible to get the full benefit of your hearing aid, so make sure to get the hearing aid refit as soon as you notice a problem. 

Sound

Sound problems, such as distortion or muffling, are easy to recognize with your hearing aid. Sometimes, this is a quick fix, and you may just need to clean the microphone and speakers. 

However, if the problem continues, it is usually a sign that there is a problem with the components. As it isn’t recommended that you try to repair your hearing aid yourself, take it to an audiologist and have them inspect it. 

Tube 

The tubes inside your hearing aid can stretch or distort as time goes on, and this will affect the quality and performance of your hearing aid. The connector tube could also become blocked with dust, dirt or earwax. If you cannot identify any other faults with your hearing aid but are still experiencing problems, it is likely to be an issue with the tubing. Some experienced hearing aid users can replace the tube themselves, but it’s still better to speak to an audiologist to get suitable repairs.