Most hearing aids come with either a standard 2 or 5 year warranty. If you're only offered a 2 year warranty then an extension up to 5 years can normally be purchased on request at the time of purchase.
Whether you buy with a 2 or 5 year hearing aid warranty the cost is usually built into the price of the hearing aid.
Hearing aids are far more reliable these days if looked after and audiologists can usually repair your hearing aid on site and without charge so choosing not to extend a warranty to save some money may be a good decision.
Some hearing aids now have built-in lithium ion batteries. Our advice would be to make sure these have a five year warranty as this is a relatively new technology for hearing aids.
Watch out for over-charging. We have heard of some retailers charging up to £240 per hearing aid for an extra years warranty.
By law, you cannot be charged for an extended warranty if it is included in the price that the hearing aid manufacturer charged the retailer. They all come with two years warranty as standard but some sneaky companies actually ask for shorter warranty periods to be provided to them so they can charge for the additional years. Be suspicious if they only offer a one year warranty.
A warranty is not the same as an insurance policy in that it wont cover loss or accidental damage/abuse. If you are using your home contents insurance, please add your hearing aids as 'special item - all risks'.
Older people can be more prone to misplacing small items, such as hearing aids, and arranging specialist cover on a parent or loved one’s behalf can help set everyone’s mind at ease.
Warranties do not cover accidental damage only natural wear and tear. You will need to insure your hearing aids. Animals and children seem to be fascinated by hearing aids and they can easily get lost and/or crushed and even stolen if left in a bag.
Many people add them to their home contents insurance but this only insures the hearing aids whilst at your home. The Hearing Lab recommends Assetsure as they can offer all these extra benefits: