How Can I Extend My Hearing Aid Warranty?

The majority of new hearing aids automatically come with one-year comprehensive loss, damage and repair warranty directly from the manufacturer. The average lifespan of hearing aids is about 6 years, and with the price of the latest and smallest technology reaching into thousands of dollars, it is more important than ever to keep your investment protected for the full life of the hearing aid. This certainly does not suggest that a technologically advanced hearing aid will be unusable or obsolete in 6 years! Many hearing aid wearers find continuing benefit from their hearing devices for years past the average replacement time.

There are several options available to hearing aid users whose manufacturer warranty is about to expire. Most professionals will schedule a hearing aid ''check and clean'' just before the manufacturers warranty expires to determine if there are any issues that may need to be addressed with the performance of the hearing aids. This is the best time to speak with your professional about options available to extend your warranty coverage. Nearly all extended warranty policies require a hearing health care professional to certify that the hearing aids are in good working order before a policy can be purchased.

Options for continued coverage include loss and accidental damage, and repairs due to electrical or mechanical failure. The premium for coverage depends on the make and model of the hearing instrument and the type of coverage requested.

ESCO is the largest specialty hearing aid insurance company. The majority of homeowner's insurance policies do not cover hearing devices, so we strongly advise you to check your policy before you assume they are covered. Many homeowner's policies allow an additional 'rider' to be purchased for hearing aids. However, claims against loss can count against the entire policy increasing the chances of being canceled by your homeowner insurer.

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