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Telltale Signs It's Time to Repair or Replace a Hearing Aid
Posted by Echo Hearing Systems & Audiology on August 20, 2018
People with hearing loss rely heavily on hearing aids to communicate with others and stay aware of their surroundings, and it can be hard to function when these devices don't work properly or no longer fit the patient’s lifestyle. Here are a few telltale signs that indicate when it’s time to repair or replace a hearing aid.
A hearing aid needs to be repaired or replaced when it malfunctions, but it’s often an easy fix. If the device doesn’t turn on or has intermittent problems, it may simply require new batteries. Muffled sounds could indicate wax buildup on the device—but whistling and feedback may actually be signs that the patient's ears need to be cleaned. Patients who still hear feedback after thoroughly cleaning their ears should see their audiologist for a checkup and professional cleaning.
It’s Getting Old
Hearing aids typically last five to seven years, depending on the brand and style. While it would be nice if these expensive little devices lasted longer, they’re constantly exposed to ear wax and natural moisture that can cause damage over time. Unfortunately, all hearing aids—even the most expensive, technologically advanced devices—break down over time.
It No Longer Fits the Patient’s Lifestyle
People and their lifestyles change over time, so it makes sense that the same hearing aid won’t cut it forever. People often find that their old devices no longer suit them as their lifestyles change. A new job might require a new device with more powerful hearing and advanced features. Those who pick up new hobbies, like hiking or working out, might need something that works better for rugged environments. Even some medications have an effect on hearing and could require the patient to change devices.
Your Health or Hearing Changed
Changes in health and hearing may be the catalyst for buying a new aid. Patients often need more powerful aids as their hearing worsens, and even some health conditions not related to the ears can affect the type of device needed. For example, someone who develops arthritis might find that switching from in-the-canal hearing aids—which have a battery door that can be difficult to open—to behind-the-ear hearing aids requires them to change the battery less often, making them easier to use overall.
If your hearing aid is malfunctioning, or if you think it’s time to change hearing aids, Echo Hearing Systems & Audiology, Inc. can help. Call us today at (614) 457-5848 or request an appointment at a location near you.