Like all technology, hearing aids will eventually cease to work as well as they used to on day one. This degradation in quality is due to many factors, including how well one maintains their hearing aids, how active or demanding one’s lifestyle is and how advanced the technology in the aids is.

Signs that hearing aids need repair include:

  • Intermittent noise
  • Static
  • Feedback
  • No noise 

Other factors leading to the degradation of quality of your hearing aids include the amount of earwax one produces. Since ear canals are moist environments that contain earwax, the hearing aid sits in a semi-hostile environment. Additionally, many parts tend to wear out over time, especially tubing.

Should you repair or replace?

If at-home troubleshooting tips, such as replacing or checking the battery, cleaning the devices and cleaning your ears don’t bring the quality of the sound back up to where it is helpful, it is likely time for a repair. If your hearing aids are older, it might be likely that your hearing aid specialist or audiologist suggests a replacement pair, rather than repair.

Repair versus replacement is a big decision for hearing aids wearers. When considering between the two options, think about if you like the specific hearing aids you have. If you like your current devices, repair might be your best option

Another factor that leading to repair their current aids is price. A set of new hearing aids is expensive, averaging between $4,000-5,000 for a mid-level pair. While the cost for repair depends on how the hearing aids are malfunctioning, it is usually less expensive to repair than replace.

Be sure to consult with your audiologist if you decide to repair your devices. They will be able to provide an important second opinion on your decision and do the repair work for you on-site (or have it shipped to the manufacturer).

When replacement is the answer 

Replacing hearing aids altogether gives hearing aid wearers an opportunity to explore new hearing loss solutions. Newer hearing aids are less conspicuous than many older models, and are typically more technologically advanced. Many newer options provide enhanced programming to help individuals in an increasingly modern life.

The most effective way to decide whether to replace or repair malfunctioning hearing aids is to make an appointment with your audiologist. They will be able to provide insight and educated opinions on what hearing loss solutions would serve you best.