Hearing aids are complex pieces of sensitive technology that, as a result of use over time or issues like excessive moisture, might develop a few issues. When yours start to present some trouble, should you repair it or replace it? Here, we’re going to look at a few cases and what you should do in them, as well as how your hearing health professional can help.

What if they’re performing below expectations?

If the case is simply that your hearing aids are not working as well as you expected, it might not be the result of a malfunction or damage, to begin with. Instead, it’s always wise to look at the possibility of your hearing aid needing to be reprogrammed to meet your needs. 

Your hearing health professional can do this for you or can teach you to reprogram it, yourself if you are willing and able. As such, you may not need to repair or replace it at all. You may simply need to make sure that you’re adjusting the programming so it works effectively in different environments.

How often does it malfunction?

Often, it would be recommended that you take your hearing aids to your hearing health professional, given that they are able to conduct most common basic repairs that hearing aids need. However, if you have recently made repairs or even have components replaced and they are consistently repairing, then you may want to consider making the switch to a different pair. Hearing aids should not be breaking down on you regularly, and your hearing health professional can help you select another pair that matches your needs.

What if they’re getting older?

Like all technology, hearing aids can start to experience a little wear and tear as time goes on, which can affect their functionality. After five years, you may want to talk to your hearing health professional about finding a new pair. Your hearing health might have changed in those past five years, too, so it’s a good idea to get a hearing test and see if a different kind of hearing aids with different features will suit your needs better, too.

What if they’re custom made?

If you are wearing hearing aids that have been made specifically to fit your ears and your needs, then you want to make sure that you get the best out of your investment. It takes time to make custom hearing aids, after all. You may not want to replace them unless it is absolutely necessary. If you let your hearing health professional take a look at the device, usually they can tell you whether it’s more cost-effective to repair or replace.

If you’re having issues with your hearing aid, it’s a good idea to take it to your hearing health professional first. With experience in repairing and adjusting hearing aids, they can help you make repairs if they will help or, if not, help you choose the right replacements for them.