Hearing aids are built to provide many years of useful service. However, regular exposure to a harsh environment means they will occasionally encounter problems. No matter how fastidious you are when it comes to hygiene, the ear canals inevitably attract dirt, moisture and earwax buildup, all of which can wreak havoc with the electronic components in your hearing aids.
Regular maintenance can help keep them in great working condition. Make sure to clean them on a regular basis, using a soft, dry cloth to wipe down the surfaces. Pay special attention to the microphone inlet and battery contacts. Avoid using water or cleaning solvents, as moisture can damage the circuitry.
Despite your best efforts, sometimes hearing aids will require servicing or repairs. Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California can help! If your hearing aids are not working properly, call us to schedule an evaluation.
What Can I Expect to Pay for a Hearing Aid Repair?
The cost of having your hearing aids repaired depends on a number of factors. We must determine the following:
- Whether your hearing aids are under warranty (basic or extended)
- The extent of damage
- The price of replacement parts
- Labor charges
If your hearing aids are still under warranty and were purchased from Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California, repair costs will be nominal or free. If the warranty has expired, we’ll need to assess the level of damage before providing you with an estimate.
Depending on the cost of repairs, you might be better off investing in a new pair of hearing aids in certain cases. If your current aids are more than five years old, consider an upgrade – technological advances mean today’s digital devices are more powerful and come packed with features for improved sound quality compared with those that are a few years older. Likewise, if the damage is extensive or your hearing aids have already been repaired in the past, it may not be worth paying more money when you can purchase a brand new pair of hearing aids that should last you another 5-7 years or longer.
The expert staff at Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California is happy to evaluate your hearing aids and help you decide whether having them repaired makes the most financial sense. We service all makes and models and are here to provide you with assistance. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or learn more.
Hearing Aid Care Classes
Join us for our Hear U: CHAT Classes!
CHAT is a training session to review proper care and maintenance of your hearing aids. We will cover hearing aid use and trouble-shooting techniques. This class is great for first time hearing aid users, experienced users with new aids, family members or caretakers. It is taught every two weeks by knowledgeable staff. Classes are also available in Cantonese.