Hearing aids are sophisticated devices that are subject to moisture, heat, dirt and earwax. Even though they are built to precise standards, at some point they will need to be replaced. Figuring out when is the key to uninterrupted communications.
No product lasts forever. Over time, mechanical problems can develop, or the technology may simply become obsolete. However, there are steps you can take to prolong the life of your hearing equipment. Cleaning on a regular basis can help prevent problems from occurring. Use a soft, dry cloth and avoid liquids, which might cause damage. Change the wax filter and clean the microphone and any other dirty areas with a soft brush. Be sure to take your hearing devices to a hearing aid specialist periodically for check-ups; these check-ups can help detect issues such as power loss, dirty contact vents and plugged vents.
Servicing and repairs can add up over time. Eventually, these costs will outweigh those required to purchase new hearing devices. You should consider new hearing devices when:
- Your current hearing devices are five or more years old
- Your hearing devices have visible damage
- Your hearing devices have already been repaired previously
- Your hearing loss worsens, or is no longer helped by your current equipment
- Newer, better technology for your type/extent of hearing loss is available
If any of these factors apply to your situation, make an appointment with a specialist as soon as possible.