How Long Can You Expect Your Hearing Aids to Last?

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Physically, you will normally get a number of years out of your hearing aids, but as your level of hearing loss changes, your hearing aids might need an update. Getting regular hearing exams is key to making certain your hearing aids are programmed and fit correctly. 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 optimal functionality. Virtually all electronic devices will either quit working at an optimal level or become antiquated and upgraded with newer more sophisticated technology eventually. So it most likely won’t come as a surprise that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

Two to five years is a normal lifespan for modern hearing aids but as technology advances, you may want to upgrade sooner. Here are a few of the most prominent factors affecting the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • Construction: Contemporary hearing aids are constructed from various materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. While designed for durability, the type of materials might effect longevity, especially if you are prone to accidental drops.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, diligent care directly correlates with prolonged lifespan. Functional longevity is significantly extended by regular upkeep and cleaning.
  • 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 around five years, while behind-the-ear models last for around 6 to 7 years as a result of their enhanced protection against moisture and debris.
  • Batteries: While most hearing aids use internal rechargeable batteries, the type of battery can influence overall longevity.

Failure to routinely wear and maintain your hearing aids can have an impact on lifespan as estimated longevity is based on normal usage. Considering potential earwax build-up, regular cleanings and check-ups are critical to optimal functionality and fit.

Anticipating when to replace your hearing aids

As time passes, you may detect a decline in hearing aid performance, letting you know that it’s time for replacement. However, certain situations may warrant an earlier upgrade:

  • Lifestyle shifts: Changing lifestyles might necessitate features like waterproofing or enhanced durability, prompting an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Technological advancements: Yearly innovations introduce cutting-edge features that can noticeably improve hearing aid functionality, compelling consideration of newer models.
  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss advances, reprogramming becomes more and more important and it may become less expensive and time consuming to simply get a new set.

Anticipating the precise timespan for hearing aid upgrade proves to be a challenge, given the wide range of variables. Nevertheless, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years offers a dependable reference frame.

Wondering if your hearing aids could use an upgrade? Call us today to make an appointment.

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.