Used Hearing Aids - Buying and Selling Used Hearing Aids: Can you legally sell a used hearing aid? Or conversely, can you buy a used hearing aid when you can not afford a new one? These questions are asked frequently by About.com users just like you.
Selling Used Hearing Aids
In short, you can sell a used hearing aid, but it's not as simple as you may think.
Used or rebuilt (refurbished) hearing aids can be sold, but each aid must have packaging and a tag attached to the device itself that clearly declares the device as having been previously owned/used.
In addition, sales of used/rebuilt models are held to the same regulations as the sale of new aids. According to Title 21, Section 801.420: Hearing aid devices; professional and patient labeling of the Code of Federal Regulations, hearing aids can only be sold to those individuals who have first obtained a medical evaluation from a licensed physician. The FDA puts further requirements on this, stating that hearing aids can only be sold to people who have had a medical evaluation within the six months prior to the sale.