How Long Can You Expect Your Hearing Aids to Last?

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With proper care, hearing aids can last for several years, but their performance depends on whether they’re programmed to your existing level of hearing loss. Getting regular hearing exams is key to making sure your hearing aids are programmed and fit correctly. Here are a few tips to help you get the most from your hearing aids.

Is there a lifespan for hearing aids?

Hearing aids definitely have a lifespan just like most things. Hearing aids will have a period of optimal performance much like any device will. Virtually all electronic devices will either stop working at an optimal level or become antiquated and replaced with newer more sophisticated technology eventually. So it most likely won’t be surprising that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

Normally, hearing aids last anywhere from 2 to 5 years, although technological developments might encourage earlier upgrades. However, the longevity of your hearing aids hinges on a few factors:

  • Construction: Modern hearing aids have diverse materials, from silicon to metal to nano-coated plastics. If you are particularly accident prone, materials that are on the more robust side would be a better option for longevity.
  • Type: Hearing aids come in two primary forms: inside-the-ear and behind-the-ear. Inside-the-ear models, exposed to the ear canal’s moisture and debris, typically last around five years, while behind-the-ear models last for around 6 to 7 years due to their increased protection against moisture and dirt.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids almost always use rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can definitely impact longevity.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, conscientious care directly correlates with extended lifespan. Regular cleaning and upkeep will significantly prolong functional longevity.

While the approximated lifespan is based on typical usage, neglecting to wear or maintain your hearing aids may effect their efficiency. Professional check-ups and cleaning courses are essential to provide proper fit and functionality, especially considering potential wax build-up.

When to anticipate replacement

You may find that it’s time for a replacement when, over time, you start to detect a drop in the performance of your hearing aid. Here are a few situations where you might need to upgrade sooner:

  • Lifestyle shifts: You may decide it’s time for an upgrade when you have a change of lifestyle and realize you require some new features.
  • Technological advancements: Yearly innovations launch cutting-edge features that can noticeably improve hearing aid functionality, prompting consideration of newer models.
  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss advances, reprogramming becomes more and more important and it might become less expensive and time consuming to just buy a new pair.

When you consider the large amount of variables, it can be relatively hard to precisely predict when an upgrade will be needed. But 2 to 5 years is generally a dependable guideline.

Wondering if you could use a hearing aid upgrade? Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.

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