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 regular hearing assessments 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?

Similar to most commodities, hearing aids have a lifespan. Hearing aids will have a time frame of optimal performance much like any device will. Even sophisticated electronics, like your state-of-the-art TV, will eventually warrant an upgrade. So it most likely 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. Here are a few of the most prominent factors influencing the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids almost always use rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can certainly impact longevity.
  • Maintenance: Obviously, you will get a longer lifespan from your hearing aid with diligent care. Functional longevity is significantly prolonged by regular maintenance and cleaning.
  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two main types of hearing aids. Inside-the-ear models, exposed to the ear canal’s sweat and debris, usually last about five years, while behind-the-ear models last for about 6 to 7 years as a result of their increased protection against moisture and dirt.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids have diverse materials, from silicon to metal to nano-coated plastics. If you are particularly accident prone, materials that are on the more robust side would be a better choice for longevity.

While the estimated lifespan is based on ordinary usage, neglecting to wear or maintain your hearing aids might impact their effectiveness. Considering possible earwax build-up, routine cleanings and check-ups are critical to optimum functionality and fit.

When to anticipate replacement

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

  • Technological advancements: Yearly developments launch cutting-edge features that can substantially improve hearing aid functionality, prompting consideration of newer models.
  • Lifestyle shifts: You might decide it’s time for an upgrade when you have a change of lifestyle and realize you require some new features.
  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss progresses, recalibration becomes more and more important and it might become less expensive and time consuming to just buy a new set.

Anticipating the precise timespan for hearing aid replacement proves to be challenging, given the wide range of variables. Nevertheless, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years offers a dependable reference frame.

Wondering if you could use a hearing aid upgrade? Call us 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.