There is no hassle involved when bringing your hearing aids to Beltone Hearing Care Centre. When a hearing aid breaks, it interrupts the current treatment plan. For healthy hearing, repairing your device is a small part of the patient-first process.
The average hearing aid is expected to last three to seven years with good maintenance. No matter which brand you choose, hearing devices are built with quality in mind. This includes features that enhance water, drop and shock resistance.
Styles worn in your canal are designed to try and protect against blockage issues that can happen when earwax builds up. With regular cleanings, your device will be able to handle a small amount of build-up without losing effectiveness. This is the level of durability you should expect from all devices in the hearing industry. But when things fail, there are plenty of ways to get the device back to its normal state.
Taking Care of Your Device
During the hearing aid fitting, a registered hearing instrument professional (RHIP) will go over the basics for cleaning and maintenance. You can do this at home without specialized tools. Regular cleanings prevent the device from breaking, and the experience required for maintenance is minimal.
In the event your hearing device is having issues with sound, a cleaning may be the answer. Too much earwax will block off the clear path a hearing aid has to the canal. Excess wax may also cover the hearing aids important sections. Within minutes, you can clear this blockage and get your device back to full functionality. With some hearing aids, you can even set up cleaning reminders in their downloadable app.
But what happens when a simple cleaning isn’t the answer? A RHIP doesn’t expect the average patient to open up the device and fix advanced issues. When hearing aids are in need of a professional repair, you can bring them to a clinic. Sometimes a setting gets stuck, and sometimes the mechanics need a close look. In-office repairs are typically simple and convenient, offering times that you can easily fit into your schedule.
If a RHIP can’t repair the device on their own, they may decide to send it off to the manufacturer. This allows for a full repair or replacement to deal with the problematic device. While this repair takes place, patients have the option of getting loaner hearing aids as a temporary solution. This is on a case-by-case basis and should be discussed with your RHIP during the initial fitting.