How Much Does it Cost to Get a Hearing Aid Repaired?
Hearing aids can break or stop working for many reasons, and they probably will malfunction a few times throughout their typical lifespan of 5-7 years. Most hearing aids come with a 2 year warranty right off the bat, so that if anything happens to them you are covered. Many times this warranty will cover loss and damage. This means that if during the first 2 years your aids are lost or crushed (totaled), the manufacturer will replace the aids one time, though a deductible of several hundred dollars usually needs to be met first. While not all warranties cover that kind of loss or damage, all warranties include mechanical defects for at least the first year. This means that if at any time during the warranty period that aid stops working for whatever reason, it will be repaired or replaced free of charge. These repairs usually just take about 4-10 business days.
Once you’re out of the warranty period, repair fees can be very expensive, and they can add up quick. It’s not unheard of for a hearing aid that is out of warranty to break once or even twice a year. Consider the environment of a hearing aid. They sit in warm, oily, and sometimes sweaty ears all day long, accumulating wax, moisture, and other particles. All of this spells disaster for the tiny mechanical pieces inside of a hearing aid, so it is completely normal for them to break every so often. For this reason, you may want consider purchasing an extended warranty for your hearing aids. I don’t often advocate purchasing extended warranties for anything as I think you end up on the losing end most of the time, but hearing aids are different- they are known to be very temperamental- one day they’ll work perfectly, the next day they may not turn on at all.
If your hearing aids break while you’re out of the warranty period, expect at least $300 for the repair, and often times much more. $300-$400 is pretty standard for mechanical defects like a bad receiver or microphone, a short in the hearing aid, or perhaps water damage. If the aid needs to be re-cased because it’s been crushed or broken somehow, you can expect to pay closer to $500-$600 for a single re-case. The good news is, most of the time when these repairs are done, the repairing lab includes a 1 year warranty on the work done, so if anything happens during the next year you are covered.
Not all repairs will cost though, a good amount can be done in the office during a quick visit and will often times be free of charge. Most providers have tools in their office to deep clean your aids and replace parts which wear down, and the majority of the time this is all that is needed when a hearing aid is not performing as it should.
What if you’re told your hearing aids can’t be repaired?
While some hearing aids truly can’t be repaired, in almost all cases, your hearing aids can in fact be repaired- you just need to know where to look. Often, an independent hearing aid repair lab (not affiliated with your hearing provider) will be happy to repair your hearing aids for you, no matter how old or damaged they may be. The most respected repair lab we’ve found is Hal Fishbein’s. Hal has fair prices and even gives 80 free batteries on all repairs for customers that mention ZipHearing.
Lastly, there are a few tools that your hearing provider can give you, or you can purchase online, which will reduce your need for repairs, or even allow you to do minor repairs and maintenance at home. For a bit more info on this, check out this post on how to make hearing aids last longer.
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