Not only are hearing aids an investment, they can drastically improve the overall well-being of the user. After purchasing hearing aids, you'll want to make sure you have insurance to cover the costs of damage, but it also helps to know exactly what the protection will cover. As health insurance coverage of hearing aids differs from state to state, and even from clinic to clinic, knowing exactly what your coverage entails can save you from headaches down the road.
Warranties typically cover a year of damage, loss and repairs, but it's possible to get an extended manufacturer's warranty for two or three years. It's best to check with the maker of your hearing aids to determine what exactly is covered, as it is usually different with all manufacturers. If you are interested in extending your warranty, you can go through your audiologist, the maker or a general insurance company. Warranties will typically cover damage to the shell or case as well as all internal parts of the device.
What is usually covered?
Although you need to check with your provider to find out what exactly is covered, manufacturer defects, damage and repairs are most common.
If your healthcare insurance or Medicaid is covering the hearing aids, make sure to check your state's regulations, as they differ drastically. For example, Arkansas, New Hampshire and Rhode Island residents will be covered for hearing aids, while states like Maine, Maryland, Louisiana, Massachusetts and more, may only cover hearing aids for children.
Extending your warranty
Patients can usually extend their warranty with a fee. However, many audiologists will also offer a "check and clean" service right before your warranty is about to expire to ensure that your device is working properly. This offers you the opportunity to catch any small issues and make sure the devices are clean before you are no longer have coverage. Since the average lifespan of hearing aids is about six years, keeping them clean will help to extend their life.
Protect your hearing aids
Hearing aids are very fragile devices, and while there are new innovations that can help to extend their life, you need to take a few precautions to avoid damage. Moisture, ear wax and the elements are hearing aids' worst enemies, but you can maintain your device with protective sleeves and regular cleanings.