At Berkeley Hearing Center we can repair or at least diagnose the problem with all makes and models of hearing aids.If you are having trouble with your hearing aids, we’d be more than happy to help you get your devices back in working order.
Call us at 510-841-0681 or stop by to schedule an appointment and find out what options are available to fix your broken hearing aid.
Age and use can take their toll on hearing aids, and while there’s always the option of replacing a hearing aid that has become damaged, sometimes it’s better to attempt some common hearing aid repairs first.
Common Hearing Aid Repairs
Depending on the issue you’re having, you may be able to troubleshoot or repair your hearing aid on your own. Here are a few common hearing aid fixes you can try right now:
Clean your hearing aid
Replace the wax filter
Replace the battery
Remove and reinsert your hearing aid
Open and close the battery compartment
Still having trouble with your hearing aid? Call us at 510-841-0681 to schedule an appointment so that we can troubleshoot the problem and discuss further hearing aid repair options.
How Much Do Hearing Aid Repairs Cost?
Hearing aid repair costs can vary depending on several factors: (1) Whether the hearing aid is still under warranty, (2) The extent of problem to the hearing aid, and (3) The age of your hearing aid.
If you purchased your hearing aid from Berkeley Hearing Center and it is still under warranty, your hearing aid repair costs will probably be small—or even free! Out of warranty or older hearing aids that require substantial repair may cost more. Cracked cases on custom molded devices can be expensive to replace, but in some circumstances, these cracks can be repaired.
When Your Hearing Aid is Beyond Repair
Much like a car, a hearing aid that has accrued enough damage can be totaled. In this case, it’s usually better—on both a financial and functional level—to replace the hearing aid with a new model. But how do you know if your hearing aid is totaled, or just damaged?
While it takes an expert to properly diagnose a damaged hearing aid, you can usually assume your hearing aid is beyond repair if:
1. Your hearing aid is seven or more years old.
Generally, hearing aids have a life expectancy of five to seven years (though they can last longer). If you’ve hit that cusp and are experiencing problems, it may be time to look into newer/better technology (you can always keep your old aids as back-ups).
2. The damage is visible—and looks extensive.
If your hearing aid has been stepped on, smashed, or damaged in a way that seems unfixable...it may be unfixable.
3. Your hearing aid has been repaired several times in the past, and continues to be problematic. A history of repair means a history of breakage—and history has a bad habit of repeating.
While new hearing aids may cost more up front, the dependability & improvement in your hearing (not to mention the cost and annoyance of regular repairs) often tips the scales in favor of upgrading.