Can Hearing Aids Be Reused?

Hearing loss is certainly a serious issue, with the World Health Organization (WHO) projecting that 1 out of 4 (25%) people will have hearing problems by 2050 (WHO Report, 2022). If you have hearing loss or are unable to listen to certain sounds, you may wonder if hearing aids can be reused. However, experts recommend against reusing them. Here's why:

The Appropriate Type of Hearing Aid

The best hearing aid for you may not be the best choice for someone else. There are various kinds of hearing aids available, each with a unique fit and operating system. Some may be better suited for people with more severe hearing loss than others.

Regardless, even if you could reuse a hearing aid, it is advised not to do so because it may not be suitable for your specific needs and type of hearing loss. When you visit an audiologist, they will assess the severity of your hearing loss and your lifestyle to help you find a suitable solution.

The Ideal Fit

If you plan to wear a hearing aid at work or in similar environments, it's crucial to ensure that it fits you perfectly. The hearing aid should transport sound to the inner ear without any interruptions. A poorly fitting hearing aid may produce a whistling sound, indicating feedback issues from the microphone.

To ensure comfort and proper functionality, it is recommended to attend several fitting appointments. While the hearing device should fit snugly, it should not be too tight in your ear. Follow-up sessions may also be necessary to ensure a successful experience.

Outdated Technology

Many hearing aids incorporate complex technology. As with computers or mobile phones, technology can become outdated quickly. Hearing aids purchased a few years ago may not have the latest technology. If you believe your hearing aid is outdated, it is advisable to consider upgrading it to ensure compliance with current requirements.

Custom-Made Devices

Some hearing aids are custom-made to fit the wearer's ear. In situations like this, it can be challenging to use a hearing aid for someone else. However, it is not impossible. Recycled hearing aids must undergo an extensive process of remolding to better fit the recipient's ear.


A used hearing aid also needs to be reprogrammed. There is no single make or model for such devices. It is important to understand that devices are often tailored to the hearing requirements of the person they were originally fitted for. If you already use a used hearing aid, you may need to have it re-fitted to accommodate your hearing loss. Re-casing and re-programming can be a lengthy process, so it is best to consult your audiologist. 

If you want to learn more about your hearing loss or are interested in getting a hearing aid fitted, you can directly contact Aanvii Hearing Audiologists at 96 5839 5839. When you call, one of our tele-callers will connect you with our expert audiologists who can answer any questions you may have and guide you through the procedures required to get your hearing aid fitted. It has never been easier to get a well-fitting hearing aid that restores your confidence.