What are the Most Common Hearing Aid Repairs?
If you rely on hearing aids to support your hearing, your hearing health professional should be an important partner to have. That is especially essential when it comes to performing the needed hearing tests, helping you pick out the right hearing aids, providing after support and even giving you all the tips you need to use your device correctly. But that's not all; your hearing aid specialist can also assist you when it comes to repairing some common hearing aid issues.
So, what are the most usual hearing aid repairs? Let's take a look.
Ear hook issues
The ear hook forms a small part of ITE devices. It latches comfortably around the ear and makes it possible to secure it in place. Because of the way the ear hook sticks out due to its construction, it may bend or even break when sat or stepped on. It is possible to glue any broken piece back in place. However, the best option is to have the specialist ensure that it is done right. Plus, it is an easy and cheap repair.
A damaged microphone is also another common hearing aid issue. Unfortunately, unlike the ear hook, this isn't a problem you can try fixing at home. Your hearing aid specialist may also not be able to fix this problem, as it requires the attention of the manufacturer itself. Therefore, it is vital to take your device to your hearing specialist as soon as you realize the microphone is damaged. Your hearing specialist should be able to contact the manufacturer.
Problems with the battery
Aside from microphone issues, one common problem that can also affect your device's sound quality has to do with issues with the battery. In such a case, the sound may come with intermittent noise. Wrongly positioning the battery can cause this, so take the time to ensure that you insert it correctly. Also, you may need to replace the battery entirely. In some cases, the problem may come from the entire battery compartment and will need replacing. That isn't something you can do at home, so be sure to visit a professional for assistance.
Connector tube problems
When you connect your device to an earmold, it transfers sound from the hearing aids to the ear canal through the connector tube. The tube can either crack, harden or even stretch out of shape. The presence of debris and moisture in the tubing can cause it to discolor and degrade over time. What this requires is a simple replacement of the tubing, which can be done by your ear specialist.
The part of your hearing aid device that goes into your ear usually flushes against your skin and wears down over time. That may cause it to lose its original shape, which means you may have difficulties getting it to fit correctly. This situation can lead to considerable discomfort and even irritate your skin over time. A specialist can replace your mold based on the casts of your ear.