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 might need an upgrade. Getting routine hearing exams is key to making sure your hearing aids are programmed and fit correctly. Assuming appropriate programming and fitting, here’s a guide for their longevity.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Hearing aids certainly have a lifespan just like most things. Hearing aids will have a time frame 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 probably won’t come as a surprise that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

Normally, hearing aids last anywhere from 2 to 5 years, although technological developments might prompt earlier upgrades. Here are a few of the most prominent factors affecting the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • Maintenance: Obviously, you will get a longer life from your hearing aid with conscientious care. Functional longevity is greatly prolonged by regular maintenance and cleaning.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids have diverse materials, from silicon to metal to nano-coated plastics. If you are especially accident prone, materials that are on the more durable side would be a better choice for longevity.
  • 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, generally last around five years, while behind-the-ear models last for about 6 to 7 years due to their increased protection against moisture and debris.
  • Batteries: While the majority of hearing aids use internal rechargeable batteries, the type of battery can influence overall longevity.

Failure to regularly wear and maintain your hearing aids can have an effect on lifespan as estimated longevity is based on normal usage. Considering potential earwax build-up, routine cleanings and check-ups are crucial to optimum functionality and fit.

When to expect replacement

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

  • Lifestyle shifts: Changing lifestyles might necessitate features such as waterproofing or improved durability, compelling an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Technological advancements: Yearly innovations introduce cutting-edge features that can substantially improve hearing aid functionality, compelling consideration of newer models.
  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss progresses, recalibration becomes more and more necessary and it may become less costly and time consuming to just get a new set.

When you consider the large amount of variables, it can be rather hard to exactly predict when an upgrade will be required. Still, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years provides a reliable reference frame.

Think it may be time for an upgrade? Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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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