How Long Can You Expect Your Hearing Aids to Last?

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Physically, you will usually get several years out of your hearing aids, but as your degree of hearing loss changes, your hearing aids may need an update. Getting regular hearing evaluations is key to making certain your hearing aids are programmed and fit properly. Assuming correct programming and fitting, here’s a guide for their longevity.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Hearing aids absolutely have a lifespan much like most things. Much like the perishability of milk or the longevity of canned goods, hearing aids also come with a finite period of optimal performance. Even sophisticated electronics, such as your state-of-the-art TV, will eventually warrant an upgrade. So it probably won’t be surprising that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

Two to five years is a normal lifespan for modern hearing aids but as technology accelerates, you might want to upgrade sooner. Here are a few of the most notable factors influencing the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • Construction: Contemporary hearing aids are built from various materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. While designed for durability, the type of materials might impact longevity, especially if you are prone to accidental drops.
  • 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 around five years, while behind-the-ear models endure for approximately 6 to 7 years due to their enhanced protection against moisture and debris.
  • Batteries: While most hearing aids use internal rechargeable batteries, the type of battery can influence all-around longevity.
  • Maintenance: Needless to say, you will get a longer lifespan from your hearing aid with diligent care. Functional longevity is greatly prolonged by regular maintenance and cleaning.

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 courses are crucial to provide proper fit and functionality, especially considering possible wax build-up.

When to anticipate replacement

As time passes, you may detect a decrease in hearing aid performance, letting you know that it’s time for replacement. However, certain circumstances may justify an earlier upgrade:

  • Hearing changes: Substantial alterations in hearing levels necessitate recalibration for best results, prompting consideration of new hearing aids.
  • Technological advancements: Yearly innovations introduce cutting-edge features that can significantly improve hearing aid functionality, compelling consideration of newer models.
  • Lifestyle shifts: You may decide it’s time for an upgrade when you have a change of lifestyle and realize you need some new features.

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

Wondering if you could use a hearing aid upgrade? Schedule an appointment for a consultation with us right away.

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