How Long Can You Expect Your Hearing Aids to Last?

Hearing aid specialist fitting hearing aid into patient's ear.

With proper care, hearing aids can last for a number of years, but their effectiveness depends on whether they’re programmed to your existing level of hearing loss. Comparable to prescription glasses, hearing aids are personalized to accommodate your specific auditory requirements, requiring regular reassessment. Here are a few tips to help you get the most from your hearing aids.

Is there a lifespan for hearing aids?

Hearing aids certainly have a lifespan much 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.

Two to five years is a typical lifespan for contemporary hearing aids but as technology accelerates, you might want to upgrade sooner. Here are some of the most prominent factors affecting the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always use rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can definitely impact longevity.
  • Type: Hearing aids come in two primary forms: inside-the-ear and behind-the-ear. Behind-the -ear models will usually last 6 to 7 years as a result of the increased protection from moisture compared to inside-the-ear models which will generally last from 3 to 5 years.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, conscientious care directly correlates with increased lifespan. Regular cleaning and upkeep will significantly prolong functional longevity.
  • Construction: Contemporary hearing aids are constructed from diverse materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. While designed for durability, the type of materials might effect longevity, particularly if you’re prone to accidental drops.

Failure to routinely wear and maintain your hearing aids can have an effect on lifespan as calculated longevity is based on normal usage. Considering possible earwax build-up, regular cleanings and check-ups are crucial to optimal functionality and fit.

Anticipating when to replace your hearing aids

As time passes, you may detect a decline in hearing aid performance, signaling the need for replacement. Here are a few situations where you might need to upgrade sooner:

  • Technological advancements: You might consider an upgrade to a more current and sophisticated model that has recently been released.
  • Lifestyle shifts: Changing lifestyles might necessitate features like waterproofing or increased durability, prompting an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss progresses, recalibration becomes more and more important and it might become less expensive and time consuming to simply get a new pair.

Predicting the precise time frame for hearing aid replacement proves a challenge, given the multitude of variables. But 2 to 5 years is usually a dependable guideline.

Think it might be time for an upgrade? Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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