How Long Can You Expect Your Hearing Aids to Last?

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

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Just like most commodities, hearing aids have a lifespan. Much like the perishability of milk or the longevity of canned goods, hearing aids also have a finite period of optimal functionality. Pretty much all electronic devices will either quit working at an optimal level or become antiquated and replaced with newer more advanced technology eventually. It’s not surprising, 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 a number of the most prominent factors affecting the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two main types of hearing aids. Behind-the -ear models will typically last 6 to 7 years due to the enhanced protection from moisture compared to inside-the-ear models which will typically last from 3 to 5 years.
  • Batteries: While most hearing aids use internal rechargeable batteries, the type of battery can influence overall longevity.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, diligent care directly correlates with extended lifespan. Functional longevity is considerably prolonged by regular maintenance and cleaning.
  • Construction: Contemporary hearing aids are built from diverse materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. While designed for durability, the type of materials could impact longevity, especially if you’re prone to accidental drops.

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

Expecting when to replace your hearing aids

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

  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss progresses, recalibration becomes more and more important and it may become less costly and time consuming to simply get a new pair.
  • Technological advancements: Yearly developments introduce cutting-edge features that can noticeably improve hearing aid functionality, compelling consideration of newer models.
  • Lifestyle shifts: Evolving lifestyles might demand features such as waterproofing or increased durability, compelling an upgrade to better suit your needs.

Forecasting the precise time frame for hearing aid replacement proves challenging, given the multitude of variables. Still, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years offers a reliable reference point.

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