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How do I Choose the Best Used Hearing Aids?

By Harriette Halepis
Updated Feb 08, 2024
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Brand new hearing aids can be very expensive, which is why a lot of people opt for used hearing aids. While there may be a stigma attached to used hearing aids, these aids are every bit as good as new ones. Of course, the main difference is the price of a used hearing aid, which can be significantly lower.

Since no two people are the same, used hearing aids will have to be adjusted once they are purchased. To select a used hearing aid that will work well, there are a couple of things that you can do. Some charitable donations offer used aids to those people in need. Though most people that spend a lot of money on a new hearing aid will often sell a hearing aid rather than donate it. Therefore, taking a look at websites that allow people to sell their wares is a good place to start.

In addition, some stores that sell new hearing aids also stock used hearing aids in some parts of the world. You'll also find that conducting a general search on the Internet will turn up a lot of used hearing aid sellers. Used hearing aids can also be found at yard sales, on auction websites, and in thrift shops. Any of these methods will help you find a used hearing aid. When you do find one that you like, ask a few important questions before buying the hearing aid.

Find out if the hearing aid that you are about to purchase is under warranty. Ask about having the hearing aid adjusted to fit your ear. Seek out information about the hearing aid model, make, and year. Find out if the person selling the used hearing aid also sells audiograms. Audiograms are small devices that allow each user to program a hearing aid properly. These devices can be purchased online or in medical equipment stores. Another option is to bring a used hearing aide to an audiologist for tuning.

If you are going to purchase a used hearing aid on the Internet, make sure that the seller you are buying from accepts returns. It is difficult to judge the functionality of a hearing aid without actually touching and trying it. If you cannot send a hearing aid back to a seller for a full refund, or exchange, it is not advisable that you purchase a used hearing aid online.

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Discussion Comments
By anon197738 — On Jul 18, 2011

I am looking for a pair of hearing aids. Mine went dead completely.

By anon156345 — On Feb 26, 2011

I would like to know where to donate two perfectly good hearing aids to the veterans. My husband just was fitted for them and suddenly passed away. I would like to donate them to our wonderful veterans

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