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How long do hearing aids last?

Question

While I can’t put a price tag on the joy my hearing aids have given me (being able to participate in conversations that I normally couldn’t have etc), I am a bit worried that I will have to buy several pairs of hearing aids per year. I know some of my friends have mentioned that they’ve had theirs for years, but I’m not sure whether they meant they have been using the same brand or the actual devices themselves for that long. I’m sure some models and types are more durable than others, but on average how long do hearing aids last?

Answer

As a general rule of thumb you should get at least 5 years out of a good quality pair of hearing aids. It really depends how well you look after them. Many people have had their hearing aids for 10 years or more. Most hearing aids can have extended manufacturers warranties up to 5 years which will cover any component failure. It is therefore worthwhile getting an extended warranty. Most hearing aids come with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty as standard so you would only need to pay for the extra 3 years. We charge an additional £50 per hearing aid per year so it would only cost another £150 to get a five year warranty (and £300 if you have 2 hearing aids). Some companies charge much more for this so don’t be afraid to shop around or haggle. Please be aware that these warranties do not cover loss or accidental damage. You should get your hearing aids covered under your house contents which is usually free or a small nominal additional fee. 

Date: Tuesday 29th January, 2013

Published in: Hearing Aid Questions

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