By Jon Holt on October 30, 2019
“What should I do with my old hearing aids?” is one of the most recurring questions ESCO receives from customers.
There is often not a lot of thought given to your old hearing aids once you have purchased new devices. Quite often these devices get set aside, put in a drawer, or are simply tossed.
Instead, have you considered donating your hearing instruments?
A hearing aid that is no longer being used can make a big difference in someone else’s life – someone who could not afford a hearing aid without your donation. It could help a mother or father gain employment, or obtain a higher paying position. It could improve a child’s ability to hear their teacher in the classroom and excel in school. Even just one used hearing aid can give the gift of sound, improving a person’s quality of life.
The Hearing Aid Project, a program that aims to provide low-income people across the United States with access to hearing aids at no cost to promote healthier hearing is the option that ESCO highly recommends.
Central to The Hearing Aid Projects mission is the collection of hearing aids that have sat in drawers or have been discarded after users purchased new hearing aids. The donated devices are refurbished and fitted to new recipients, significantly eliminating financial obstacles that keep many low-income men, women and children from getting the hearing aids they need to restore and improve their quality of life.
This program serves all, from young adult through seniors. All donations are tax deductible and you will receive a letter of acknowledgment.
Make a difference in someone else’s life. Visit THE HEARING AID PROJECT online to learn more about their program.
If you are ready to donate, the process is easy - just click here to visit their site and fill out the online donation form.
By Jon Holt on October 2, 2019
Fall is the time of year that involves cleaning gardens, raking leaves, and other outdoor activities that often increase the chance for losing your hearing aids.
Here are a few tips to keep your hearing aids in your ears this season:
Putting them on properly - Putting hearing aids on incorrectly makes it easy to lose track of them. These devices are designed to fit securely in or against your ear; a loose fit means more chances of loss.
Hearing aids come with instructions for proper fit. Putting them on properly may require tugging the ear to make the canal more full or twisting the device to make sure that it is secure. If you have issues following the instructions from the manufacturer, your audiologist or hearing professional can give you a few tips.
Choose a comfortable style of hearing aid - You might like custom-fit devices but can't get used to the feeling of having a large piece of plastic in your ears. Discomfort tempts you to adjust the hearing aid with your finger or wiggle your jaw, trying to find a comfortable fit. This agitation can loosen the device and ultimately compromise the fit.
It might be time to consider an open fit hearing aid rather than a custom one. Open-fit hearing aids have a long tip that fits the ear canal. The rest of the device hides behind the ear - from certain angles, they're less visible than custom-fit pieces.
Have Proper Insurance Coverage – Just in case! – With hearing aid insurance coverage from ESCO you can be confident that we have you covered in case of loss or accidental damage beyond repair of your hearing aids.
ESCO’s Loss, damage and repair insurance is the best option for individuals who have had their manufacturer warranty expire, or have previously lost a device while under warranty and no longer have the replacement option.
Visit ESCO coverage options: https://earserv.com/coverage-options/
By Tenisha Hollie on October 2, 2019
Having worked with such a vast variety of hearing aid wears over the past 16+ years, I’ve been asked several great questions by those policy holders. But the one question that keeps coming up: are my aids worth insuring?
If yes to any of the above, ESCO encourages you to visit your hearing care professional for a thorough cleaning and program check of your current hearing aids. Your audiologist or hearing dispenser will be your best adviser when it comes to weighing the pros and cons of your lifestyle and current devices.
However, if your aids are less than 5 years old and you’re not ready for a costly upgrade, we highly encourage you to estimate the cost of loss and damage coverage. Especially since 12 months of ESCO loss, damage, and repair insurance premiums can be billed at a low monthly cost. Coverage options vary by the manufacturer, technology level, and style, but a quote for coverage is as easy as 1…2…3... Just visit: https://www.escogetaquote.com/
Still undecided or have specific questions? Call us toll free: 1-855-862-9296
By Patrick Miller on September 18, 2019
When you were first fit with hearing aids, your provider looked carefully at your loss levels, lifestyle, and budget to determine what devices were best for you. By evaluating your lifestyle, whether you were retired, working ten hours a day in a quiet office, or a full-time gardener, all these factors were considered in the initial decision.
Your provider's diagnosis included looking at the life cycle and estimated longevity of the hearing aid technology available at the time. Now that your aids have reached the end of the original manufacturer warranty (typically three years), it’s time to reevaluate your life circumstances once again.
While hearing aid brands introduce new technology on a two-year basis, those updates can be incremental changes. The real jump in innovation tends to happen every four to five years. For reference, most hearing aids in the marketplace today are fully capable, and will remain relevant, for five or more years. Industry data (MarkeTrack*) shows most patients wear their hearing aids an average of 5.4 years.
Where is the life cycle of your current hearing aids?
If you decide your current aids check out and have more life in them, recognize there may no longer be an active warranty on them, going those 2+ years without loss and damage coverage of some sort is a gamble.
Which is where ESCO can help; we have partnered with audiologists and dispensers for over 30 years to protect folks just like you. Coverage options vary by the manufacturer, technology level, and style so during your next visit ask your provider to help you determine, is the small investment in a 12-month loss coverage plan worth the tremendous peace of mind?
Ready to learn more? For additional information about ESCO hearing aid loss insurance visit: ESCO coverage options
Unsure when your current warranty ends? Your original purchase agreement will have the expiration date. Or call your provider, they will have that data easily accessible. If the date is approaching soon, work with your provider to take a closer look at your lifestyle changes and the condition of your current devices. Decide together, is it time to replace your aids or invest in insurance coverage?