How Long Can You Expect Your Hearing Aids to Last?

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With correct care, hearing aids can last for a number of years, but their effectiveness depends on their alignment with your existing level of hearing loss. Getting regular hearing assessments is key to making sure your hearing aids are programmed and fit properly. Assuming correct programming and fitting, here’s a guideline for their longevity.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Similar to most products, hearing aids have a lifespan. Hearing aids will have a period of optimum 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 function within a lifespan.

Two to five years is a normal lifespan for contemporary hearing aids but as technology advances, you may want to upgrade sooner. However, the longevity of your hearing aids hinges on a number of factors:

  • Maintenance: Needless to say, you will get a longer life from your hearing aid with diligent care. Functional longevity is considerably prolonged by regular upkeep and cleaning.
  • Type: Hearing aids come in two primary forms: inside-the-ear and behind-the-ear. Behind-the -ear models will normally last 6 to 7 years due to the increased 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. If you are especially accident prone, materials that are on the more robust side would be a better option for longevity.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always utilize rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can undoubtedly impact longevity.

While the approximated lifespan is based on ordinary usage, neglecting to wear or maintain your hearing aids may impact their efficiency. Professional check-ups and cleaning courses are crucial to ensure proper fit and functionality, especially considering possible wax build-up.

Expecting when to replace your hearing aids

You might find that it’s time for an upgraded when, over time, you start to detect a drop in the performance of your hearing aid. However, certain circumstances might justify an earlier upgrade:

  • Technological advancements: Yearly innovations introduce cutting-edge features that can noticeably improve hearing aid functionality, prompting consideration of newer models.
  • Hearing changes: Significant alterations in hearing levels require reprogramming for best results, prompting consideration of new hearing aids.
  • 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.

When you consider the large amount of variables, it can be relatively hard to precisely predict when an upgrade will be needed. Still, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years provides a dependable reference frame.

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