It’s a common question... Can I pass down my hearing aids to someone I know? It sounds nice, but it’s not so simple. It’s possible, but there is a lot to consider. Like with any hand-me-downs, results will vary, it may not be a good match, or it may simply not be possible.
Hearing aids are regulated
Hearing aids are medical devices that are regulated by the FDA. Records are required to be kept by the manufacturer. Important records include the name of the hearing care professional that bought the device, who the device was put on, and the repair history. Such information is vital for tracking when recalls happen or there’s another issue with the hearing aid.
It’s a case by case situation with hearing aids. You can get the hearing aids re-registered and the warranty can still be applicable, but much in wearing used hearing aids depends upon the shape, age, style, and particular features of the hearing aid, as well as whether or not the manufacturer will or can remold them. Some manufacturers may refuse to remold a hearing aid simply because it is a medical device. Also, sometimes it is simply a matter of the custom-molded hearing aid not being able to be reshaped into what someone else needs.
Hearing loss is particular to each person
The fit of hearing aids is an issue, as hearing aids aids are custom-molded and will not feel right in someone else’s ear. Even standard hearing aids are custom-molded. Also, the original wearers unique needs were addressed, which probably won’t be the same as yours. A hearing test determines the needs of each patient. The type of hearing aid sold depends upon the wearer’s needs. Also, reshaping them again may be cost prohibitive. Please also know that a major thing to be aware of is that the amplifier of the hearing aid and its loudness exists such that it caused a gain for the original wearer. The same loudness may further damage your own hearing. There’s no one-size-fits-all hearing aid.
Support and services for your hearing aids
Even if the hearing aid happens to fit and you can reuse it, you will still need support and services. You will need a hearing instrument specialist to adjust and service them on a continual basis.
You can donate the hearing aids
Sometimes parts of hearing aids can be reused for people in need, but not necessarily the whole hearing aid. If you decide to donate your hearing aids to a friend or relative, instead, have them contact a hearing instrument specialist to see if it is possible to reuse them.
If you have questions for a hearing instrument specialist, contact Pure Sound Hearing Aids for answers.