Posted by HearStore on Jun 11th 2017
Once you decide to make an investment in hearing aids you will want to protect them and make them last. Besides regular cleanings and in-office check ups, purchasing a hearing aid warranty is a great way to protect your investment.
Hearing aids are fragile electronic devices that can break with normal wear and tear and more frequently with accidents. A hearing aid placed near the sink may get wet, your dog might think the device is a chew toy, you could drop the hearing aid and crack the shell, and you’d be surprised how often these things happen.
When you make your purchase ask about the manufacturers hearing aid warranty and warranties offered through your clinic. Most hearing aids will come with a one-year warranty straight from the manufacturer. This typically covers a year of loss, damage and repairs. Many hearing instrument specialists will also offer an extended two or three-year hearing aid warranty at the time of purchase. Given that the average lifespan of a hearing aid is 6 years, it is not a bad idea to extend the warranty and protect yourself from costly repairs for common damage.
Warranties can differ from state to state and clinic to clinic, talk to your hearing specialist to learn exactly what your hearing aid warranty will cover. In general, manufacturer defects and internal hardware should be covered. Some will also include a one-time loss or damaged beyond repair clause, which allows the hearing aid to be replaced or remade with minimal costs to you.
If your hearing specialist does not offer an extended hearing aid warranty there are private hearing aid insurance companies that allow you to purchase a protection plan like you would car insurance. Also some homeowner’s insurance policies allow hearing aids to be added for coverage.
When you are considering your hearing aid warranty options be sure to talk with your hearing specialist to learn exactly what is covered and what kind of fees you may incur if you have to send the device back to the manufacturer.
Just before your hearing aid warranty is set to expire most hearing specialists will schedule a check and clean appointment to ensure it is in proper working order before your coverage runs out. Earwax and perspiration are some of hearing aid’s worst enemies regular cleaning and maintenance can help keep them at bay.