Should I Repair or Replace my Hearing Aids?
Every day you depend upon your hearing aids to assist you with your daily routine. It’s amazing how such a small item makes such a big difference! These workhorses can last for years, providing you with improved hearing and quality of life. But when little problems start to become bigger problems, you need to decide whether to repair or replace your hearing aids.
Age of your hearing devices
Many hearing aids can last five to seven years or longer. If they’ve been trouble-free during this time, replacement may not be warranted. However, if you find more and more things going wrong with your hearing aids as they age, and the repairs are becoming more and more costly, it may be time to replace them.
Are your hearing aids serving you well? If there has been no change in your hearing prescription and if the fit is still good, repairing the units may be worth it. Of course, this depends upon the extent and cost of the repair, since the warranty likely has expired. If your audiologist suggests your prescription has changed or that the fit has deteriorated, replacement may be in order.
New hearing technology
If your hearing aids are older (more than five years) and need repairs that require them to be sent back to the manufacturer, you may want to consider purchasing new hearing aids. Most manufacturers do not keep new replacement parts in stock after five years, so repairs usually are made with reconditioned parts. An increased frequency in repairs also is a signal that it’s time to look for new units.
In recent years, many technological improvements have led to some great enhancements such as Bluetooth, waterproof hearing aids and better speech-to-noise detection. Other hearing aids have longer-lasting batteries, some up to a year, which may help people with arthritis who have a difficult time opening and closing the battery compartment door. Depending upon your lifestyle, these upgrades may be enough to help you decide to replace rather than repair.
Financing new hearing aids
Just like a car, when the cost of repairs begins to outweigh the benefits of ownership, it’s probably time to consider buying new hearing aids. Some insurance companies may offer benefits, and if so, check to see how often you may use those benefits, and how much is provided.
Most audiologists offer payments over time via several plans, allowing you to pay monthly. These plans can help greatly when it comes to budgeting for new hearing aids.
It’s easy to become attached to the hearing aids you’ve used for years. Your comfort level is high and you know how to care for the units. However, if repairs seem to be coming more often or if your prescription has changed, or your quality of life would be improved with better technology, it’s time to consider replacement rather than repairs.