It is not uncommon for hearing aids to require some degree of service each year, which is why they are sold with warranties and repair coverage. But just how often each person’s hearing aids will need repair is difficult to predict. That’s because variables like usage, care, and even your lifestyle come into play.
Are you active? Do you work in an office, or at a job that’s outside or is physically demanding? Do you live in a warm, wet or humid climate? Do you store your hearing aids in their case every night? Use a drying case? Throw them in the bottom of your purse when you aren’t wearing them? Diligently remove them before every shower or when you go out in the pouring rain? You get the idea. And because hearing aids sit inside or behind your ear, they are exposed to elements that are not exactly ideal. Humidity, earwax, moisture and debris can each affect hearing aid performance and longevity.
By far the majority of repairs that clinics and manufacturers see are simply to remove wax and debris. Hearing aids are built to be worn every day and can handle a lot. But they are small, sophisticated electronic devices, and need to be treated as such. So while it’s impossible to know how often your hearing aids will need to be repaired, I can tell you that regular cleaning, routine maintenance and diligent care will go a long way to keeping them in or on your ears and out of the repair shop.
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This blog was originally published by Dr. Beth McCormick on www.starkey.com.