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 level of hearing loss changes, your hearing aids could need an upgrade. Comparable to prescription glasses, hearing aids are personalized to accommodate your specific auditory needs, requiring regular reassessment. Here are a few tips to help you get the most from your hearing aids.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Hearing aids certainly have a lifespan just like most things. Much like the perishability of milk or the longevity of canned goods, hearing aids also have a limited period of optimal functionality. Virtually all electronic devices will either quit working at an optimal level or become antiquated and replaced with newer more advanced technology eventually. It’s no surprise, then, that hearing aids also function within a lifespan.

Typically, hearing aids last anywhere from 2 to 5 years, although technological advancements may prompt earlier upgrades. Here are a few of the most notable 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.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always utilize rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can definitely impact longevity.
  • 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, usually last about five years, while behind-the-ear models endure for about 6 to 7 years due to their increased protection against moisture and debris.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids have diverse materials, from silicon to metal to nano-coated plastics. While manufactured for durability, the choice of materials may effect longevity, particularly if you are prone to accidental drops.

Failure to regularly wear and maintain your hearing aids can have an effect on lifespan as calculated longevity is based on typical usage. Professional check-ups and cleaning sessions are crucial to provide proper fit and functionality, especially considering possible wax build-up.

Anticipating when to replace your hearing aids

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

  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss advances, reprogramming becomes more and more necessary and it might become less expensive and time consuming to simply invest in a new set.
  • 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.
  • Technological advancements: You may consider an upgrade to a more current and sophisticated model that has recently been launched.

Predicting the precise timespan for hearing aid upgrade proves challenging, given the multitude of variables. But 2 to 5 years is typically a reliable guideline.

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

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