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 level of hearing loss changes, your hearing aids might need an upgrade. Getting regular hearing evaluations is key to making sure your hearing aids are programmed and fit properly. Here are some tips to help you get the most from your hearing aids.

Is there a lifespan for hearing aids?

Hearing aids definitely have a lifespan just like most things. Much like the perishability of milk or the longevity of canned goods, hearing aids also have a finite period of optimum functionality. Virtually all electronic devices will either quit working at an optimal level or become antiquated and upgraded 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 might encourage earlier upgrades. Here are some of the most prominent factors influencing the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • 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.
  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two main types of hearing aids. Behind-the -ear models will normally last 6 to 7 years due to the enhanced protection from moisture compared to inside-the-ear models which will generally last from 3 to 5 years.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids have diverse materials, from silicon to metal to nano-coated plastics. While designed for durability, the type of materials may impact longevity, especially if you’re prone to accidental drops.
  • Batteries: While most hearing aids use internal rechargeable batteries, the type of battery can impact overall longevity.

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

When to anticipate replacement

As time passes, you might detect a decline in hearing aid performance, letting you know that it’s time for replacement. Here are a few situations where you might need to upgrade sooner:

  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss advances, recalibration becomes more and more important and it may become less costly and time consuming to simply buy a new pair.
  • Technological advancements: You may consider an upgrade to a more current and advanced model that has recently been launched.
  • Lifestyle shifts: Changing lifestyles might necessitate features such as waterproofing or increased durability, compelling an upgrade to better suit your needs.

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

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

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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