One of the more common questions of veteran hearing aid wearers is whether to replace or repair hearing aids when they begin showing signs of well, old age.
Deciding to replace or repair hearing aids depends on a number of factors.
First things first
It is important to remember that hearing aids will eventually begin to work less effectively than they did the first day you put them in. After all, hearing aids operate in your ear canals. Because ear canals contain earwax and they are moist, the environment you place your hearing aids is actually pretty hostile to the small electronics. In addition to the damage the mere environment of your ear canal will likely cause to the hearing aid over time, many of the parts, such as the inner tubing, will eventually wear out.
Repairing your hearing aids
One thing to consider about hearing aids that are no longer pulling their weight is whether or not you like the specific hearing aids you have. If you like your current hearing aids, it might be wise to consider repairing them, instead of getting them replaced. After all, if you wear an older model — even if it works well for you — it might not be available on today’s market.
Another factor that leads many people to repair their current devices is the price. A set of new hearing aids is expensive, averaging between $4,000-5,000 for a mid-level pair. While the cost of repairs depends on the type of damage inflicted upon your hearing aids, it is usually more cost effective to repair the aids.
If you decide repairing your hearing aids is the best choice for you, talk to your hearing healthcare professional. They will be able to provide an important second opinion on your decision. More importantly, they will likely be able to provide the repair work for you or have it shipped to the manufacturer or a repair laboratory. Going through your hearing healthcare professional could also save you money, as he or she might be able to get a better price for you.
Replacing your hearing devices
Replacing hearing aids provides more freedom and options to explore in hearing loss solutions. Newer hearing aids are smaller and less conspicuous than many older models. Most also provide enhanced programming and accompanying technology to help individuals in an increasingly modern life.
As mentioned before, replacing hearing aids can be costly. However, some warranties and insurance policies on hearing aids cover replacements. The types of hearing aid offered through this insurance or warranty may be limited.
The best way to decide whether to replace or repair failing hearing aids is to make an appointment with your hearing healthcare professional. They will be able to provide insight and educated opinions on what hearing loss solutions would serve you best.