How Long Can You Expect Your Hearing Aids to Last?

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Physically, you will usually get several years out of your hearing aids, but as your degree of hearing loss changes, your hearing aids may need an upgrade. Getting regular hearing exams is key to making sure your hearing aids are programmed and fit correctly. Assuming correct programming and fitting, here’s a guideline for their longevity.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Hearing aids absolutely have a lifespan just like most things. Much like the perishability of milk or the longevity of canned goods, hearing aids also come with a limited period of optimum functionality. Virtually all electronic devices will either quit working at an optimal level or become antiquated and replaced with newer more advanced technology eventually. So it most likely won’t be surprising that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

Two to five years is a normal lifespan for modern hearing aids but as technology accelerates, you may want to upgrade sooner. However, the lifespan of your hearing aids hinges on a few factors:

  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids almost always utilize rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can undoubtedly effect longevity.
  • Type: Hearing aids come in two primary forms: inside-the-ear and behind-the-ear. Behind-the -ear models will normally last 6 to 7 years due to the increased protection from moisture compared to inside-the-ear models which will generally last from 3 to 5 years.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids are constructed from various materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. While designed for durability, the type of materials may effect longevity, particularly if you’re prone to accidental drops.
  • Maintenance: Needless to say, you will get a longer life from your hearing aid with diligent care. Regular cleaning and upkeep will substantially prolong functional longevity.

While the estimated lifespan is based on ordinary usage, neglecting to wear or maintain your hearing aids may effect their effectiveness. Professional check-ups and cleaning courses are crucial to ensure proper fit and functionality, especially considering possible wax build-up.

Anticipating when to replace your hearing aids

As time passes, you might detect a decline in hearing aid performance, letting you know that it’s time for replacement. Here are a few situations where you might need to upgrade sooner:

  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss advances, recalibration becomes more and more necessary and it might become less expensive and time consuming to just invest in a new set.
  • Lifestyle shifts: Changing lifestyles may necessitate features such as waterproofing or increased durability, prompting an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Technological advancements: Annual developments launch cutting-edge features that can substantially improve hearing aid functionality, prompting consideration of newer models.

Forecasting the precise timespan for hearing aid replacement proves challenging, given the wide range of variables. But 2 to 5 years is generally a dependable guideline.

Think it may be time for an upgrade? Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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