Hearing Aid Repair and Maintenance
An important part of owning a hearing aid and using it daily is proper cleaning and maintenance of the instrument. Our Audiologist will show you how to perform these tasks and describe some of the problems you might encounter with your device over time. We will show you how to clean it and, in some cases, how to disassemble it or replace the battery.
Understanding your device
A major part of the service here at Port Credit Audiology and Hearing Aid Clinic is teaching patients about every aspect of their hearing devices, including some of the problems they will encounter. Most people will get years of service from a hearing aid by simply keeping it clean and dry. However, sometimes the unit is dropped or otherwise broken.
Common hearing aid issues
While hearing aids are incredibly tiny, they contain several small and delicate electronic components. Hearing devices can perform functions beyond amplifying sound and can become a wireless communicator. As with any piece of complex technology, things can go wrong with the small parts. Over time, your device may not work as well as it once did or may require repairs, especially if the following issues are present:
- No power
- Low or no volume
- Physical damage
Common device repairs
If your hearing aid is not working properly, here are some helpful steps to try at home to troubleshoot:
- Replace the battery with a fresh, new one. If you use a rechargeable hearing aid, place the hearing aid in the charger to make sure it is charging properly or is fully charged
- Replace the wax guard or dome on the hearing aid
- If your device has tubing, check to ensure there are no cracks or breaks present
- If your hearing aid has been exposed to physical or water damage, try using a dri-aid kit
If these steps don’t help, please contact the clinic to schedule an appointment. You should never attempt repairs that are not advised by Port Credit Audiology or the hearing aid manufacturer.
Port Credit Audiology has a dedicated hearing aid repair and cleaning workshop. Your audiologist can usually repair the hearing aid while you wait, or within the same day. Sometimes your hearing aid will be sent to the manufacturer for evaluation and repairs. Your trusted team understands how important your hearing is, and will provide you with a loaner hearing aid, if needed, during your manufacturer repair.
You will be seen at least every six months for a professional clean of your hearing aids. Here is how your audiologist will clean your hearing aids:
- Vacuum: Port Credit Audiology is equipped with a vacuum designed to remove debris, such as wax, from your hearing aid microphones, vents and other parts. This will help ensure that sound remains clear and crisp.
- Drying Chamber: Hearing aids sit in your ears all day and make them prone to moisture buildup. Excessive moisture can sometimes lead to your hearing aids not working as well as they should. Your hearing aids will be placed in a drying chamber designed to draw out moisture, ensuring your hearing aids are working at their best.
- Replace Parts: Your audiologist can change the small components of your hearing aids if they are unable to be cleaned or if they are found to be damaged.
A clean hearing aid in good repair makes your life better every day. Always consult your audiologist with questions or problems about your hearing aids.
Call Port Credit Audiology & Hearing Aid Clinic to discuss or schedule an appointment for hearing aid repair or with any other questions about hearing amplification.