The short answer to the question "Can I buy hearing aids for someone else?" is yes. Most hearing aids are 'one-size fits all' and all our hearing aids come with a pack of different sizes of domes and tubes so the fit can be adjusted at home. The only consideration is what the person likes and what amplification they need.
Why would you need to buy someone else a hearing aid?
Hearing loss is a widespread problem and affects not only the individuals suffering from hearing impairment but also their families and friends. Not being able to hear has an effect on simple daily actions such as watching TV, listening to the radio, hearing the phone ringing and having a normal conversation.
Realising that the problem exists for someone around you is the first step to helping them help themselves. Hearing aids, similarly to glasses, need to fit the individual condition. Not all hearing aids work in the same way and are suitable for different types and degrees of hearing loss. While you can buy hearing aids for someone else, in order for the person who will wear them to benefit as much as possible you need to be aware of the exact hearing problem and the most appropriate hearing aid.
Hearing aids are a wonderful present for those who need them. Nonetheless, they are not an accessory but electronic devices with a specific medical function.
What to consider before buying a hearing aid for someone else
There are certain issues you should consider before buying a hearing aid for someone else:
- They should be assessed by a GP first - The wearer should have ideally undergone a medical examination conducted by an audiologist or ENT specialist to determine the exact hearing condition and treatment or hearing aid.
- Do your research - You should be fully aware of the suitable hearing aid, and the level and type of hearing loss when buying the hearing aid to know that it is the right one. A hearing test like our free online hearing test is a good place to start.
- Consider the ear it's going in - If the wearer has excessive earwax buildup or drainage you may refrain from buying an in the ear hearing aid as it could be easily damaged and choose a behind the ear hearing aid, where the electronic parts are away from the ear canal.
- Consider the abilities of the wearer - If you buy a hearing aid for an elderly person, consider the size of the device. Very small devices are more difficult to manipulate and have very tiny batteries that need replacing, which may be frustrating for the wearer.
- Find out what they like - If possible, find out the wearer's preferences about colour and design, so they will be happy with it once they put it on.
When buying a hearing aid for someone else make sure that the retailer offers a sufficient trial period, so, if needed, you can return the hearing aid. Every person is different and every hearing impairment condition is unique so the hearing aid of your choice may not be the most ideal for the person for whom it is intended. The usual trial period is around 30 days to let you test the device.
In addition, check the warranty period so if a problem occurs later on the wearer can turn to the supplier for support or refund. If you buy the device for a disabled person or for someone with a chronic illness, you can also check if they are eligible for a relief from VAT.
About Hearing Direct
We are one of the world's leading hearing aid specialists. HearingDirect offers a wide range of affordable products, as well as information resources to help improve the quality of life for the hard of hearing. We sell:
- Hearing aids,
- Accessories such as earplugs,
- and amplified devices such as super loud alarm clocks and amplified phones.
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Author: Gary Hill
Gary comes from 16 years’ experience in the hearing aid industry in both manufacturing and retail. Before co-founding HearingDirect, Gary was Marketing Director for a leading global hearing aid brand; GN ReSound where he worked for the UK sales division and latterly in their global headquarters in Copenhagen. He was responsible for developing and launching major global hearing aid models, conducting extensive research into the needs of the hearing impaired community and their performance demands of hearing aids and other devices.