Hearing aids, just like any device, can have things go wrong with them. However, when your hearing aids break, it can be a bit more serious than not being able to work your TV. You can notice a variety of issues that might indicate that your hearing aids need to be prepared. Many problems with sound are common, from whistling or distortion to no sound at all. Other things can go wrong too, such as your hearing aids suddenly starting to feel uncomfortable. There are some common causes of hearing aid repairs, some of which you can prevent by looking after your hearing aids properly.

Tubing issues

If you wear a behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid, the tubing behind it needs to be changed occasionally. There are several ways that it can sustain damage or deteriorate, requiring a change. The tube might crack, harden or be damaged by moisture. It can also become discolored or overstretched, and it can be blocked by earwax or other substances. If there's a problem with your hearing aid tube, you might notice that the sound is too weak as it's not being transmitted properly. You can repair tube problems easily, though, and even do it yourself. However, you should ask your audiologist how to do it right, and make sure you have the correct tools. If you're uncertain or you don't think you can do it yourself, an audiologist can do it for you.

Poor fit

When you first get your hearing aids, you have them fitted so that they feel comfortable in your ear. However, over time, they can start to feel less comfortable. This is because your body continues to change and grow, even in your later years, so a hearing aid that fits you before might no longer be the correct shape. If your hearing aids have started to feel uncomfortable, your audiologist might be able to adjust them quickly. Sometimes you might need a new earmold, though, which means you will have to have a new impression taken so that a new mold can be created. This will obviously mean waiting a little longer while it's being made, which could be a couple of weeks.


All sorts of sound issues could make themselves known when you're wearing your hearing aids. Some of them are easily fixed, often by checking or replacing the battery or cleaning your hearing aid. Other problems will need an expert to repair them. You might find that the sound is weak or distorted, or sometimes there could be no sound at all. This could mean that there are internal issues in the hearing aid that need to be repaired professionally to get it working again. However, it's important to check for some of the simple fixes first, such as cleaning your hearing aid, checking the battery and seeing if you might need to adjust the settings.

Taking care of your hearing aids will help you to ensure they don't break. Take good care of them by keeping them clean and dry, and being careful with them.