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 may need an upgrade. Similar to prescription glasses, hearing aids are customized to support your specific auditory needs, requiring regular reassessment. Assuming appropriate programming and fitting, here’s a guide for their longevity.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Just like most products, hearing aids have a lifespan. Hearing aids will have a period of optimal efficiency much like any device will. Even sophisticated electronics, such as your state-of-the-art TV, will eventually warrant an upgrade. It’s not surprising, then, that hearing aids also operate within a lifespan.

Typically, hearing aids last anywhere from 2 to 5 years, although technological developments could encourage earlier upgrades. However, the lifespan of your hearing aids is dependent on a few factors:

  • Batteries: While the majority of hearing aids utilize internal rechargeable batteries, the type of battery can impact overall longevity.
  • 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 durable side would be a better choice for longevity.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, conscientious care directly correlates with prolonged lifespan. Functional longevity is significantly extended by regular maintenance and cleaning.
  • 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 about five years, while behind-the-ear models endure for around 6 to 7 years as a result of their enhanced protection against moisture and dirt.

While the approximated lifespan is based on ordinary usage, failing to wear or maintain your hearing aids might impact their effectiveness. Considering potential earwax build-up, regular cleanings and check-ups are essential to optimum functionality and fit.

Anticipating when to replace your hearing aids

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

  • Technological advancements: You may consider an upgrade to a more current and advanced model that has recently been released.
  • Hearing changes: Substantial changes in hearing levels require recalibration for optimal results, prompting consideration of new hearing aids.
  • Lifestyle shifts: Evolving lifestyles may necessitate features such as waterproofing or improved durability, prompting an upgrade to better suit your needs.

Anticipating the precise time frame for hearing aid upgrade proves to be challenging, given the multitude of variables. Still, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years provides a reliable reference frame.

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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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