A hearing aid is a sensitive piece of technology. However, like all machines, regularly scheduled maintenance is needed for it to function at its best. The professionals at Sound Advice Hearing Aid Centers will help you with maintenance and repair. What could be more comforting?
Regular Maintenance on Your Hearing Aid Can Save You Thousands
One part of living with hearing aids is performing regular cleaning and maintenance of your device. At Sound Advice Hearing Aid Centers, we pride ourselves on helping patients throughout (and even after) the life of their devices. We can help you with servicing hearing devices, hearing aid cleaning, hearing aid programming, and more, helping you extend the life of your device.
We know that patients are reluctant to purchase new hearing devices every few years, and may fear high prices when they bring a device in for repair. Our hearing aid specialists are well-versed in all major hearing aid brands and types, and are happy to perform device maintenance regardless of brand or where a device was originally purchased. Come in today to let us know what problems you have been having, and we will optimize your device so it will continue to provide clear quality.
We Inspect Your Device for Common Causes of Hearing Aid Failure
If simple cleaning does not restore clear sound to your device, our technicians have the necessary expertise to diagnose and fix your hearing aid. We have helped numerous patients extend the life of their devices, allowing them to put off the expense of upgrading for several years. We have successfully dealt with issues such as:
- No sound ("dead" device). No sound output from your device or failure to turn on may be a result of a dead battery, damaged battery contact, or defect in the device.
- Volume problems. If you are forced to turn your device all the way up to hear out of it, you may have a blocked receiver tube or your hearing may have changed to the point where your device is no longer effective.
- Sound distortion. If the sound coming from your device is fuzzy, crackly, or is frequently interrupted, we can safely disassemble the device to find out the extent of the damage.
No matter what brand of hearing aid you wear, we will take a look at it to see if we can help. In order to better serve our patients, we are familiar with and service all of the top brands in the industry, including GN Resound, Starkey, Widex, Oticon, Phonak, Siemens and more.
Hearing Aid Care and Damage Prevention Techniques
The best way to prevent permanent damage to your hearing aid is through regular care and maintenance. One rule to remember is to protect your device from exposure to moisture, including steam from the shower or wearing the device when spraying hairspray or cologne.
In order to keep your device working properly, make sure you perform these simple care tips:
- Daily. Always store your hearing aid in a dry, cool place when you are not wearing it. At the end of the day, switch off your hearing aid to conserve battery life. If you don’t plan to use your hearing aid for a week or more, remove the battery before storing the device.
- Weekly. You should clean the battery contacts on your device at least once a week to ensure that the battery is delivering full power to the device. You can use a dry cotton swab to clean the contact points, but brush lightly to avoid damaging them. If the outer shell is dirty, use the small brush or cleaning cloth that came with it to remove debris. Do NOT insert toothpicks, tools, or other objects into the microphone or receiver outlets, as this can permanently damage the device.
- Monthly. You should change your hearing aid batteries every month or so (and keep extras on hand to avoid a sudden loss of power). It is a good idea to change the wax filter on your device at least once a month, especially if it is worn every day. If cleaning the device, battery ports, and wax filter do not restore sound, you should contact a professional to restore your device to working order.
In addition to cleaning your device, you should clean your ears to remove excess earwax that can block or muffle the sounds from your device. The hearing specialists at Sound Advice Hearing Aid Centers can assist in earwax removal to prevent injury and improve the sound quality of your device.
What Happens If Your Hearing Aid Is Beyond Repair?
In some cases, patients may have simply have outgrown their hearing aids. They may have undergone significant hearing changes, have had their devices repaired several times in the past, or have used their current devices for five or more years. If your device cannot be fixed, Sound Advice Hearing Aid Centers will be happy to advise you during the upgrade process, as well as offering financing, competitive pricing, and trade-in of your old device to get you hearing better while staying within your budget.
With locations across Maryland and Delaware we make it easy for our patients to get help at a location near them. Call the number on this page or complete our contact form to schedule an appointment today.