The Three Most Common Hearing Aid Repairs: Protecting Your Investment in Your Hearing

by | Jan 23, 2024 | Hearing Aids, Patient Resources

When you rely on your hearing aids to help you communicate with others and navigate the world around you, it can feel devastating when something goes wrong with them. If you’re experiencing a hearing aid malfunction, don’t panic. You may not need a replacement just yet. 

Here at Upstate Hearing Aid Center, we offer in-office hearing aid repair services to get your devices back in tip-top shape as quickly as possible. We’re also partnered with major hearing aid manufacturers, so we can send severely damaged hearing aids out for repair for you. Let’s explore the three most common repairs that can get you hearing with clarity again. 

1. Repairing Moisture Damage

Hearing aids are often exposed to a variety of environments daily, but keep in mind that moisture and electronic devices don’t mix well. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to keep your devices dry, moisture is inevitable – especially in hotter, sweatier months. Too much moisture can lead to corrosion and circuitry damage. 

Here at Upstate Hearing Aid Center, we are often able to repair damage caused by moisture and extend the lifespan of your hearing aids. 

2. Clearing Earwax Buildup

While earwax serves to protect our ears from dust and bacteria, it can also cause hearing aid malfunctions. It’s common for earwax buildup to clog your device’s microphone and receiver, which impacts sound quality. 

The solution to this common problem is simple. Routine hearing aid cleanings can keep earwax buildup at bay and keep you hearing clearly. 

3. Addressing Wear and Tear

Physical damage can negatively affect the performance of your hearing aids. Sometimes the damage is sudden—think a loose wire—and other times the damage comes from normal wear and tear.  

Our team can often remedy physical damage here in the office. And if the damage is more severe, we can send your devices out for repair and provide you with loaner hearing aids so you won’t be without. 

When to Replace vs. Repair 

Sometimes, depending on their age and level of damage, it may be more economical to replace your hearing aids. Hearing aids have a lifespan of three to five years. As hearing aid technology becomes more advanced, you’ll want to weigh the cost of continuous repairs against the cost of purchasing a new, more advanced device. 

Protecting Your Investment with Proper Maintenance 

Regular maintenance and cleaning are the best way to protect the investment you’ve made in your hearing. The longevity of your hearing aids depends largely on how well you care for them. Here are some simple ways you can protect your devices: 

Clean them daily: Wipe your devices down gently to remove earwax and debris. 
Store them in a dry, safe place: Keep your devices away from moisture, pets, and children. 
Avoid harmful chemicals: Do your best to protect your devices from hairsprays, colognes, and cleaning products. 

Upstate Hearing Aid Center’s Commitment 

At Upstate Hearing Aid Center, our team is committed to truly great hearing healthcare with heart and soul. We don’t limit ourselves to one manufacturer.

This allows us to work with you to find the best technology for your unique circumstances, needs, and budget without limitations. You can feel confident that your hearing is in the best hands possible. 

If you or a loved one needs a repair or has any questions or concerns, you can get in touch with our team at 864-999-0261 or request a callback. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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Daniel Hewson, M.S. Audiology/Owner

Born and raised in Western New York, Dan Hewson comes to our practice with over 25 years of experience in the field. With a master’s degree in audiology from SUNY Fredonia, Mr. Hewson has extensive experience working in several of the largest Otolaryngology practices in the country, and also as a Regional Manager with Siemens Medical Audiology Division. Father, husband and full time employee with us, Dan is currently a student working to earn his doctorate in audiology. Dan was naturally attracted to the field of audiology because he grew up with moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss. He has followed hearing aid development, research and rehabilitation. If you want to know what hearing impairment is really about and how hearing devices can change your life, Dan Hewson is the one to ask. He’s been wearing hearing aids since childhood (44 years) and has an intimate understanding of the hearing impaired. His personal hearing device story is fascinating and illuminating for anyone, but especially for those who may be hesitant about the hearing rehabilitation process.

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