How Long Can You Expect Your Hearing Aids to Last?

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Physically, you will normally get several years out of your hearing aids, but as your degree of hearing loss changes, your hearing aids could need an upgrade. Getting routine hearing evaluations is key to making sure your hearing aids are programmed and fit properly. Assuming appropriate programming and fitting, here’s a guide for their longevity.

Is there a lifespan for hearing aids?

Hearing aids definitely have a lifespan just like most things. Much like the perishability of milk or the longevity of canned goods, hearing aids also have a finite period of optimal performance. Pretty much all electronic devices will either quit working at an optimal level or become antiquated and upgraded with newer more sophisticated technology eventually. So it probably won’t be surprising that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

Typically, hearing aids last anywhere from 2 to 5 years, although technological developments could prompt earlier upgrades. However, the longevity of your hearing aids hinges on a number of factors:

  • Type: Hearing aids come in two main forms: inside-the-ear and behind-the-ear. Behind-the -ear models will normally last 6 to 7 years due to the increased protection from moisture in comparison to inside-the-ear models which will typically last from 3 to 5 years.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids are built from diverse materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. While manufactured for durability, the choice of materials could effect longevity, especially if you are prone to accidental drops.
  • Batteries: While the majority of hearing aids use internal rechargeable batteries, the type of battery can impact all-around longevity.
  • Maintenance: Obviously, you will get a longer lifespan from your hearing aid with diligent care. Regular cleaning and maintenance will significantly prolong functional longevity.

While the estimated lifespan is based on ordinary usage, failing to use or maintain your hearing aids might effect their efficiency. Considering possible earwax build-up, routine cleanings and check-ups are crucial to optimal functionality and fit.

When to expect replacement

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

  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss advances, recalibration becomes more and more necessary and it may become less costly and time consuming to just get a new set.
  • Lifestyle shifts: Evolving lifestyles may demand features like waterproofing or improved durability, prompting an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Technological advancements: Annual developments launch state-of-the-art features that can significantly improve hearing aid functionality, compelling consideration of newer models.

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

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

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