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Is It Worth It To Buy Used Hearing Aids?


Sharing almost anything in this climate, including used hearing aids, evokes a concern of contracting the coronavirus, and it’s a justifiable one. America’s own National Institutes of Health (NIH) confirms the virus causing COVID-19 can survive outside a human for several days, especially on smooth stainless steel and plastic surfaces.

Could We Contract a Virus from Used Hearing Aids?

Does this mean we could contract the virus from a previously used hearing aid? Unfortunately it does, although luckily there are things we can do that are simple and easy.

How to Decontaminate Hearing Aids

If we are concerned a hearing aid could, or does have the virus contamination we could do one or more things to fix this.

  1. Sterilize the plastic case, but NOT with alcohol-based sanitizer that could damage the electronics with fumes. Wipe it over for two minutes with a soapy cloth that’s almost wrung dry, working around any openings.
  2. Set it aside for seven days in a warm bright spot (but NOT in direct sunlight or high heat). The virus lives longer in cool dark places and it should die in a couple days.

If you do both of these things then your used hearing aids should be one of the ‘cleanest places on earth’ for a little while.  However, if you get the virus on your fingers and touch them, that could be another matter.

Something Very Important to Remember

We should sanitize our hands and fingers before, and after touching our hearing aids. That’s because they are frequently-touched places just like our faces and cheeks.

Does it Make Sense to Buy Used Hearing Aids If We Sanitize Them?

If we were the littlest kid in a large family, and we grew up using hand-me-downs we could say why not hearing aids too. If you don’t like wearing someone else’s dentures either, then perhaps this is not something you want to do.

But first - before we suggest a better way to save on your hearings aids – let’s set hygiene aside and consider the technical pros and cons.

Technical Factors Affecting Used Hearing Aid Options

Dated Technology Behind the Times

Hearing aids are solid-state devices with a few handy controls for adjusting their settings. In theory they should last forever, provided we handle them carefully. Unfortunately that’s not the case, because they get left behind by technology and are eventually outdated.

We should therefore ask ourselves the question, why is the person selling their used aids? Did they drop them so they no longer work as well as they should? Or are they ages old and become almost extinct dinosaurs?

The Hearing Aid – Human Interface

Most hearing aids – with the exception of Blue Angel ones – require custom-made ear inserts that can cost up to half the price of the device, even more perhaps for in-the-ear ones. Used ones require re-engineering at those interface points that can work out surprisingly expensive.

Many hearing aids, especially more expensive ones require programming to ‘set them up’ to individual customer requirements. This programing is done via a wireless connection on a technician’s computer.

It’s actually a relatively simple process. However, if you tried to purchase the hardware and software interface, you would find yourself ‘boxed out’ by the system. We’re not saying for a moment this is an attempt to suppress the used hearing aid market. However, it does have that effect, some folks say.

What Used Hearing Aids Cost Before Re Customizing

It’s difficult to determine a fair average price of used hearing aids in decent working condition, because we can’t physically check the kit. Many private adverts we looked at seemed to expect a third to half the cost of new.

This line of reasoning suggests anything half decent would cost at least several hundred dollars for each piece, second hand. However, this could be the tip of the iceberg if you factor in delivery, technician set-up and the obligatory hearing test.

But all your money could be sunk if you find your used hearing aids defective. That’s because the sale would be ten-to-one at your own risk. If you are thinking of taking that chance, you may not have heard of Blue Angels yet.

Blue Angels - What and Where Is That?

Blue Angels Hearing sells entry level behind-the-ear hearing aids at remarkably low prices. That’s because we figured mild to moderately deaf folk don’t need anything more complicated than that. We supply these direct from the factory, and they cost significantly less than most previously used, second hand ones.

Our customers tell us it’s also a good feeling knowing they never went into another person’s ear, and that’s a healthy start. And that they are guaranteed to work with a money back warranty just in case you change your mind. 

If you’re interested in a decent pair of new hearing aids costing under $200 then this is the link you need to follow. We’ll even include delivery in the price.  And you won’t need a fancy technician to set them up, because you just have to charge them and turn them on.

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