Hearing Aids How Tos
Some hearing aids are expensive, but you can avoid additional costs by returning to your hearing care professional as directed, and by selecting the right protection plan.
You should expect to get an average of five to seven years out of your hearing aids. If that doesn’t sound like a lot of time, consider how obsolete smartphones from six years ago are today. With hearing aid technology advancing annually, it is likely that future models will make today’s impressive features seem simple by comparison. Still, it’s important to be protected should your hearing aids fail before their anticipated expiration date.
Like most electronic gadgets, hearing aids come with manufacturer warranties that range from one to four years. Typically, the more expensive the hearing aid, the longer it is covered. Nearly all warranties offer coverage for repairs, loss, and damage, but it is important to consult your hearing care professional about the specifics regarding your protection plan.
Warranties for repairs normally extend between one and four years from date of purchase. The exact repairs covered will likely include breakage and component failures. Your hearing care professional can explain the process of repairing and replacing your hearing aids and provide information on what to do should your hearing aids stop working.
Loss and damage
Coverage for lost and damaged hearing aids extends from one to four years, and typically includes one free replacement with an added deductible. While this may be a relief for some wearers, it is still important to keep your hearing aids safe from damage, as a second fitting and programming could take a while in addition to any time needed for repairs to be made.
Most warranties can be extended beyond what is initially offered for an additional fee, though these typically don’t exceed four years. If you have a small child with hearing loss or are worried about accidentally breaking your hearing aids, an extended warranty can save you thousands of dollars in repair and replacement costs after the initial warranty expires.
Some hearing care professionals may offer their own warranties in addition to the manufacturer’s warranty, but this is rare. If you would like an extended warranty but cannot purchase one through your professional, look into online options like ESCO or Midwest Hearing Agency. You may have other coverage options, such as an insurance rider, so contact your insurance provider to see if hearing aid maintenance is covered under your policy.
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