How Long Can You Expect Your Hearing Aids to Last?

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Physically, you will usually get a number of years out of your hearing aids, but as your degree of hearing loss changes, your hearing aids may need an update. Similar to prescription glasses, hearing aids are personalized to accommodate your specific auditory needs, requiring regular reassessment. Here are some tips to help you get the most from your hearing aids.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Just like most products, hearing aids have a lifespan. Hearing aids will have a period of optimal efficiency much like any device will. Even sophisticated electronics, like your state-of-the-art TV, will eventually warrant an upgrade. So it likely won’t be surprising that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

Normally, hearing aids last anywhere from 2 to 5 years, although technological advancements may encourage earlier upgrades. Here are a few of the most notable factors influencing the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • Construction: Contemporary hearing aids are constructed from various materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. If you are especially accident prone, materials that are on the more robust side would be a better option for longevity.
  • Maintenance: Obviously, you will get a longer lifespan from your hearing aid with diligent care. Regular cleaning and maintenance will substantially prolong functional longevity.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly 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 typically 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.

While the estimated lifespan is based on typical usage, neglecting to wear or maintain your hearing aids may effect their effectiveness. Considering possible earwax build-up, regular cleanings and check-ups are crucial to optimum functionality and fit.

Anticipating when to replace your hearing aids

You may find that it’s time for an upgraded when, over time, you start to notice a drop in the performance of your hearing aid. However, certain situations may warrant an earlier upgrade:

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

Anticipating the precise time frame for hearing aid upgrade proves a challenge, given the wide range of variables. Nevertheless, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years provides a dependable reference point.

Think it might be time for an upgrade? Schedule an appointment for a consultation with us right away.

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