How Soon do Hearing Aids Need to be Upgraded?

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Once you get used to your hearing aid, it’s hard to be without it. After all, your hearing aids are important to connect with your world. But it will periodically have to be upgraded or replaced just like all technology.

A hearing aid’s typical lifespan

From 3 to 7 years will be the normal lifespan of a hearing aid. You will need to get regular hearing tests to be certain your current hearing aid is still the best option for your hearing requirements, and the 3 to 7 year lifespan isn’t etched in stone. Technology is constantly advancing and some hearing aids need replacing more rapidly than others so it’s good to be open to other options should your hearing change.

There are other factors that will affect the lifespan of your hearing aids

So hearing aids have an “average” longevity of 3 to 7 years. So hearing might last a lot longer for some individuals. How long your hearing aids will last is determined by quite a few factors:

  • Functionality: Technology is constantly advancing and hearing aids are keeping pace with those changes. If you want your hearing aids to connect with your smartphone, television, or other devices, or to just have the sharpest sound, you may want to upgrade.
  • Changes to your hearing: Most adults pick out those really small hearing aids that hide easily. That style of hearing aid can be very precisely calibrated and will have exactly the right amount of power you require. You may need to switch to a more powerful device if your hearing worsens.
  • Build quality: It can be costly to invest in hearing aids. But, you usually get what you pay for, like with anything in life. Your hearing aid will be longer lasting if it has more robust construction.
  • How often your hearing aids are used: The more often you use your hearing aids, the sooner they will have to be replaced. Having said that, modern hearing aids are made to last. Actually, it may be more precise to say that the more times you turn the device on and off, the sooner it will need replacing.
  • Proper care & maintenance: A hearing aid is like most other pieces of technology in many ways so it should have a longer life if you take better care of it. That’s why you should always keep your hearing aids clean and carry out routine maintenance according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Can you make your hearing aids last longer?

It’s important to note that hearing aids are a very personal thing. In most situations, they are programmed specifically for your ears and will usually have custom molds. They are also a considerable investment. So getting the most you can out of your hearing aids is the prevalent goal.

And it’s one you can accomplish. Taking good care of your hearing aids is the most useful thing you can do to make certain that your hearing aids last as long as they can. Try to keep them dry and don’t drop them if possible. And be certain you do all the recommended maintenance and cleaning.

You’ll normally be able to get a good five years out of your hearing aid. Whether you’re able to get more than that is, generally, up to chance. But ultimately, you will have to make a decision. You will probably, inevitably, want some of the features that modern hearing aids provide. We can help you determine the right hearing aid for you, so contact us right away for an evaluation.

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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