At Advanced Affordable Hearing, one of the questions we get asked quite frequently is: "Do you buy or sell used hearing aids?" The short answer is 'no,' but it is not as simple as a one-word answer.
Hearing aids can be expensive. One pair of top-of-the-line hearing aids can go for $6000 or more, and that's a pretty heavy investment for anyone. For one reason or another, there are times when hearing aid owners are looking to sell their expensive used hearing aids, and here's why we don't get involved with it.
The Problem with Used Hearing Aids
Here's the problem: Most hearing aid manufacturers don't allow the transfer of their warranty from the original owner to someone else. This makes it a risky proposition for the buyer, as they are purchasing an item with no guarantee. This creates an awful lot of risk, since you're still likely spending a good amount of money for that hearing aid.
There is also an issue of finding an audiologist to work on your newly acquired hearing aid. Most hearing aid providers only work on devices they sell or that have a warranty through the manufacturer. The used hearing aid is programmed for the individual who originally purchased the device. Odds are that whoever had the hearing aid first did not have the exact same hearing deficiency as you.
Having a device that is not optimized for a specific hearing loss is far from an ideal situation. In fact, they can even negatively impact your hearing, which you don't need with your prexisting hearing loss.
Selling Your Used Hearing Aids
For those looking to sell used hearing aids, there really is not an effective channel for doing so. We get emails and calls all the time asking if we buy used hearing aids, and we have to decline each time.
Our only suggestion is to try eBay or a site like it. It is not a great solution, but if you absolutely have to sell an aid, online auctions are about your only choice.
Instead, Purchase Affordable Hearing Aids!
Our suggestion is to always purchase a hearing aid you can afford. If you can't afford the price your audiologist is quoting you, don't buy it. Staying within your budget when buying hearing aids will prevent you from ending up in the position of having to sell them. There are great options available that will not break the bank; keep that in mind when you are quoted $3000 per ear from your local hearing center.
If you are looking for a more affordable option, please explore our list of refurbished hearing aids!
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