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When Should You Repair or Replace Your Hearing Aids?

Hearing Aid Repair

Hearing aids are fantastic devices and the only real solution to hearing loss. If you think you are suffering from hearing loss, you should book an appointment with an audiologist. They’ll ensure that you get the treatment that you need and this will almost always involve hearing aids. Be aware that hearing aids are tech devices. Like any other tech device, they can malfunction or break and you need to be prepared for this. If they do break, it’s important that you get a repair or replacement. Otherwise, your hearing aids won’t provide the support that you desperately need. To do this, you must be able to recognize the signs that your hearing aids need to be repaired.

They hurt

It is possible that your hearing aids are hurting your ears. This is usually because of damage to the casing. When the case is damaged the device may not fit inside your ear as it should. There could also be a rough piece of material that might rub against the skin inside your ear. This could ultimately cause a cut or sore and these are all issues that you want to avoid. If the casing of the hearing aid is damaged, it’s a fairly typical repair and won’t take much time at all.

Of course, the hearing aids could also hurt because they are too loud. Usually, this will be an issue with the settings. That can typically be corrected with an adjustment rather than a repair. However, in some cases it can be caused by a technical issue with the device.

They won’t switch on

A very clear sign that you need a replacement or a repair for your hearing aids is that they won’t switch on or that they switch off after a particularly brief period. This could be a problem with the battery. In some hearing aid designs the battery is built in, so the only way to fix the problem is to replace or repair the entire device. In other cases it’s simply a matter of changing or charging the batteries the right way. Your audiologist should explain how to do this at your hearing aid fitting.

The device not switching on can also be an issue with the settings, but this is not usually the case. 


You might find that the hearing aids are distorted and not providing the clear sound that you would want or expect when using the device. If that’s the case, then they won’t be providing the support you need. This isn’t usually an issue with the settings but it could be a problem with a weak battery. In other cases you will need a hearing aid repair due to damage to the device. 

No longer providing support

Finally, it’s possible that your hearing aids are no longer offering the boost to your hearing that you need. This could be because your hearing has changed. It’s possible that the hearing aids were for mild loss and now you need a device for moderate or severe hearing loss. Your audiologist will help you determine whether this is the issue.