A hearing aid device is a mini computer that has revolutionized the quality of hearing for many people globally. In recent years hearing aids have also become more sophisticated and harder to repair on your own. If you notice your device underperforming, or physically damaged it might need repaired or replaced. 

The most common hearing aid repairs you're likely to encounter are problems with tubing, issues with the earmold and problems with the microphone. 

Tubing problems  

Many common hearing aids have tubing that carries sounds from the hearing device into the inner ear. It also provides some stability for the hearing device situated behind the ear. Unless this tubing is routine cleaned wax can easily build up in it and cause the hearing aid to malfunction. 

When this happens, you will notice a reduction in the functionality of your hearing device. You will also notice some wax buildup in the tube. Don't attempt to clean the tube yourself if this seems to be the issue. Contact your audiologist who will be able to repair or replace the device's tubing. 

Replacement earmold

One part of the hearing aid device that receives a lot of use in the life cycle is the earmold. This is the part of the hearing aid that sits in the inner ear and transmits sound. Since it is often exposed to wax it can become clogged, it can also shift position over time causing the device to function poorly. 

When the earmold doesn't sit flush to the ear it can cause feedback and hearing issues. If this happens before the end of the hearing aids lifecycle contact your audiologist to have it repaired or replaced. An audiologist can replace the earmold quickly saving your time and inconvenience. 

Broken microphone

One of the most important parts of the hearing device is the microphone. This is the component that receives sound from the environment so it can be amplified by the hearing aid. It sends this should down into the inner ear. If the microphone in your hearing aid is damaged it might mean you need a replacement. 

Unfortunately, a hearing aid microphone is difficult to repair or replace. However, it does depend on the nature of the issue. You need to talk to your audiologist for some advice on how to proceed. Since the microphone is not easily damaged but is also hard to repair, it might mean a replacement device is needed.

Nobody wants to encounter issues with their hearing device but since it is a sophisticated small computer, issues are unfortunately inevitable. The issues you will likely encounter are wax in the tubing, a faulty earpiece and issues with the microphone. In most cases these issues can be easily solved by an audiologist. It's a good idea to contact a professional in this instance and avoid DIY home repairs that might be costly and unsuccessful.