Used Hearing Aids - Should You, Would You?

In more recent times, especially during a difficult financial period, second hand goods have become an increasingly popular choice for a large number of people. They offer the chance to buy an otherwise expensive item at a discounted price.

If the item has been well maintained and kept in good condition; this can often be a very sensible alternative to buying new. On the other hand however, there are items, which are always better to buy new, such as hearing aids.

Problems with Buying Used Hearing Aids

There are some very good reasons why people should restrain from buying used hearing aids:


New hearing aids, like most electronic devices, come with a full manufacturer warranty. If anything goes wrong during the warranty period, you can benefit from the many advantages of this service in accordance to its terms and conditions - professional advice and help, free repair of manufacturing defects, etc.

No return policy

Few used hearing aids vendors offer a return policy. Therefore, if you buy a second hand hearing aid privately and you are not happy with the device, you will have to keep it, even if it turns out not be the best option for you. On the other hand, reputable hearing aid sellers often offer 30 days return policy, which means that if you change your mind during the period, you can simply return it and get your money back.

Outdated technology

Hearing aid technology is constantly evolving and improving in order to provide a truly exceptional level of service to the hearing impaired. Devices are becoming better, lighter and offer more features than ever. If you purchase an old device, you may be limiting your hearing improvement due to outdated technology and also depriving yourself of the possibility to enjoy a richer, fuller sound.

Damaged hearing aids

When you buy a second hand device, you have to rely on the seller's personal assurance that it is in a good condition and all of its functionalities can be used to their fullest potential. You also have no evidence that the previous owner has maintained the device in a proper fashion.

Custom made hearing aids

It is possible to end up buying a device, which was specifically made to individually fit its previous owner's ear and this important detail may not be fully shared. It is also likely that these devices have been custom programmed to suit a very individual hearing loss and as such may provide too little or too great a volume.

Potential diseases

We would recommend properly sterilising or replacing ear moulds of used hearing aids, as they may have traces of fungus or bacteria from the previous user.

However, if you are determined to buy a second hand hearing aid, there are different ways to do this. At first, we recommend that you consult an audiologist, as they may advise you on what to look for and how to make the best choice.

Hearing aid forums are another great option to exchange opinions with other users. They also may have a section, where subscribers offer their old devices at a discounted price. Many people sell second hand hearing aids on popular platforms, such as eBay, etc. In any case, always make such a purchase with caution and consideration and after a thorough research.

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Author: Stuart Canterbury

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Stuart joined the hearing aid industry just at the start of the digital revolution in the mid 1990s. He was part of a team that transformed one of the minor manufacturers in to a major player in both production and retail of high technology hearing aids. This journey included working on public / private programmes to accelerate the uptake of high technology hearing aids across a wide distribution. This passion for improving the value and access to good quality hearing lead to the foundation of HearingDirect. After almost a decade and hundreds of thousands of customers we are starting to establish online sales as a practical, cost-effective channel to provide great hearing to all those who need help.

Original article date 3/11/2010 , updated 08/03/2021