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 effectiveness depends on their alignment with your current level of hearing loss. Getting regular hearing exams is key to making sure your hearing aids are programmed and fit correctly. Here are some tips to help you get the most from your hearing aids.

Is there a lifespan for hearing aids?

Just like most products, hearing aids have a lifespan. Hearing aids will have a period of optimal performance much like any device will. 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 likely won’t come as a surprise that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

Two to five years is a typical lifespan for contemporary hearing aids but as technology advances, you might want to update sooner. Here are a few of the most notable factors affecting the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • Type: Hearing aids come in two main forms: inside-the-ear and behind-the-ear. Inside-the-ear models, exposed to the ear canal’s sweat and debris, typically last about five years, while behind-the-ear models last for approximately 6 to 7 years due to their enhanced protection against moisture and debris.
  • Maintenance: Needless to say, you will get a longer lifespan from your hearing aid with diligent 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 could effect longevity, especially if you are prone to accidental drops.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always use rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can undoubtedly impact longevity.

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

When to expect replacement

As time passes, you may notice a decline in hearing aid performance, signaling the need for replacement. However, certain circumstances might warrant an earlier upgrade:

  • Lifestyle shifts: Evolving lifestyles might necessitate features such as waterproofing or increased durability, compelling an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Technological advancements: Annual innovations launch cutting-edge features that can significantly improve hearing aid functionality, compelling consideration of newer models.
  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss progresses, reprogramming becomes more and more important and it might become less costly and time consuming to simply invest in a new set.

Anticipating the precise timespan for hearing aid upgrade proves challenging, given the multitude of variables. But 2 to 5 years is generally a reliable guideline.

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

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