Your hearing aid is a vital tool that helps you lead a normal life despite any hearing loss you may be experiencing. However, with usage and age hearing aids can start malfunctioning. When this happens you will need to have them repaired.
When your hearing aid malfunctions, it is only natural for you to have questions. You will want to know as much as possible about your hearing aid repair before you go ahead and have the device worked on. Here’s a look at some of the most common questions about hearing aid repair.
What is the Cost?
One of the first questions you will probably have is about the cost of the repair. You may also want to know if it is better for you financially to simply replace the hearing aid.
If the repair will be almost as expensive as buying a new hearing aid then the best course of action may be to replace it. The price of a hearing aid repair can vary greatly depending on what needs to be done. Speak with your audiologist so that you can make the right decision.
How is the Hearing Being Examined?
When you bring your hearing aid in for repairs there is a lot of testing and diagnosing that will take place. You will be able to see some of the tests being done because they will take place in your presence. At other times the tests will be done in another room.
It doesn’t matter whether the tests are being done in front of you or out of your presence. If you have questions, you should ask them. Ask your audiologist to give you some details about the type of tests that are being done to find out what is wrong with your hearing aid. When you are informed you will be less anxious, and it will also make you feel confident about what you are paying for.
Why Are These Tests Even Necessary?
You should feel comfortable asking your audiologist why they are performing specific types of tests. Each test your audiologist does is for a specific reason. If you notice that your hearing aid is being tested in a different way from someone else’s, it may be because their hearing aid is a different make or model. It may be that they are experiencing a different problem than you are.
You should ask your audiologist exactly what they are looking for. You should also ask them to tell you the results of every test they have performed. Knowing what is happening is important, and you should ask about anything you are uncertain about.
Why Did This Happen?
Once your hearing aid has experienced damage, you need to know exactly why and how the damage happened. This is very important because you want to prevent the incident from reoccurring in the future.
Sometimes when proper care is not taken of a hearing aid, it can malfunction more quickly than it should. Knowing exactly what could have caused your hearing aid to be damaged puts you in a position of power so that you can know what you should and shouldn’t do in the future.
It may also just be that you have done everything right but that your hearing aid has become aged. Often when this happens malfunctioning is almost inevitable. This is why it is important to know exactly what kind of tests are being done and the results.
This will tell you whether or not it is more beneficial for you in the long run to replace the hearing aid.
How Long Will the Repairs Take?
Your hearing aid is a vital tool that you will need to use in your daily life. Going without it for long periods can put you in an uncomfortable position. This is especially true if you have to work with people.
Not being able to hear properly can make it difficult for you to communicate with those you work with. Depending on the type of job you do this may present a minor problem or a major one. Not having a working hearing aid can also be difficult if you have to study and go to school. This is why you need to know how soon you can get your hearing aid back.
The time frame for a hearing aid repair can vary greatly depending on what is wrong with the hearing aid, and the model of the hearing aid that you are using. Ask your audiologist to keep you informed as quickly as possible of any new developments.
Learn more about hearing aid repairs, by contacting Nola Aronson’s Advanced Audiology at (661) 253-3277.