Investing in Hearing Aids: What You Need to Know About Warranties

Hearing aids are a valuable investment in your health and well-being. They are also small, fragile and regularly exposed to elements that might be harmful to them. Thankfully, when you purchase hearing aids, they come with a warranty. However, the length of the warranty may vary from 1-3 years depending on the model.

Let’s go over some hearing aid warranty basics, as well as your options for extended warranties.

Hearing Aid Warranty BasicsClose up of a man wearing a behind-the-ear hearing aid.

  • Your warranty is provided by the hearing aid manufacturer, but your audiologist or hearing aid expert will be the one to fulfill it and they are the first person to contact should issues arise with your device.
  • Make sure to check just how long your warranty lasts when you first get your hearing aids, so you know how long you are covered.
  • Warranties cover both in-office repairs as well as repairs that occur when the device needs to be sent out to the manufacturer. However, different warranties may have fees associated with some repairs and office visits, so it’s always important to know the details of your warranty beforehand.
  • If your hearing aid falls out while you’re walking the trails at Franklin Mountains State Park or gets damaged beyond repair, your warranty should offer one-time replacement coverage. There may be a service fee, but it’s a fraction of the cost of buying new hearing aids.

What to do When Your Coverage Runs Out

The life of a hearing aid is about five to six years, and some still function properly longer than that. If your original warranty only lasts a year or two, you may want to consider an extended warranty to protect your device and give you peace of mind. Some factors that could influence your decision may include:

  • When you plan on getting new hearing aids. If you are looking to upgrade your hearing aids soon after your warranty expires, then there’s not really a point in getting an extended warranty. However, if they are working well and you plan on sticking with the same pair for another few years, an extended warranty makes much more sense.
  • What your insurance covers. Some insurance plans will provide new hearing aids after a certain amount of time. If yours does, it may make more sense to use that instead.
  • Frequency of needing repairs/replacements. If you tend to misplace things or have needed several repairs during your initial warranty, it may be wise to purchase an extended warranty for continued protection.

If you have additional questions about hearing aid warranties or wish to schedule an appointment, contact Tinnitus & Hearing Experts today.