How Long Can You Expect Your Hearing Aids to Last?

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With correct care, hearing aids can last for a number of years, but their performance depends on their alignment with your existing level of hearing loss. Comparable to prescription glasses, hearing aids are personalized to support your specific auditory requirements, requiring regular reassessment. Assuming correct programming and fitting, here’s a guideline for their longevity.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Hearing aids certainly have a lifespan just like most things. Hearing aids will have a period of optimal performance much like any device will. Even sophisticated electronics, such as 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.

Two to five years is a standard lifespan for contemporary hearing aids but as technology advances, you might want to update sooner. However, the lifespan of your hearing aids is dependent on a number of factors:

  • 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 about five years, while behind-the-ear models endure for about 6 to 7 years as a result of their enhanced protection against moisture and debris.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids almost always use rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can certainly effect longevity.
  • Maintenance: Obviously, you will get a longer lifespan from your hearing aid with conscientious care. Regular cleaning and upkeep will substantially prolong functional longevity.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids have diverse materials, from silicon to metal to nano-coated plastics. While designed for durability, the choice of materials may effect longevity, especially if you are prone to accidental drops.

While the estimated lifespan is based on typical usage, failing to wear or maintain your hearing aids might impact their effectiveness. Professional check-ups and cleaning sessions are crucial to ensure proper fit and functionality, especially considering possible wax build-up.

When to expect replacement

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

  • Technological advancements: Yearly innovations introduce cutting-edge features that can substantially improve hearing aid functionality, compelling consideration of newer models.
  • Lifestyle shifts: Changing lifestyles may necessitate features such as waterproofing or enhanced durability, prompting an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Hearing changes: Substantial alterations in hearing levels require reprogramming for optimum results, prompting consideration of a new pair of hearing aids.

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

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

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