How Long Can You Expect Your Hearing Aids to Last?

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With proper care, hearing aids can last for a number of years, but their effectiveness depends on their alignment with your present level of hearing loss. Similar to prescription glasses, hearing aids are customized to accommodate your specific auditory needs, necessitating regular reassessment. Assuming appropriate programming and fitting, here’s a guideline for their longevity.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Hearing aids definitely have a lifespan much like most things. Much like the perishability of milk or the longevity of canned goods, hearing aids also come with a finite period of optimum functionality. Pretty much all electronic devices will either stop working at an optimal level or become antiquated and replaced with newer more sophisticated technology eventually. So it 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 accelerates, you might want to upgrade sooner. However, the lifespan of your hearing aids is dependent on a number of factors:

  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, diligent care directly correlates with extended lifespan. Functional longevity is significantly prolonged by regular maintenance and cleaning.
  • 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.
  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two main models of hearing aids. Behind-the -ear models will usually last 6 to 7 years due to the enhanced protection from moisture in comparison 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.

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

When to expect replacement

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

  • Hearing changes: Considerable changes in hearing levels necessitate reprogramming for optimum results, prompting consideration of new hearing aids.
  • Technological advancements: You might consider an upgrade to a more current and state-of-the-art model that has recently been released.
  • Lifestyle shifts: Evolving lifestyles might demand features such as waterproofing or enhanced durability, compelling an upgrade to better suit your needs.

Forecasting the precise time period for hearing aid replacement proves challenging, given the multitude of variables. But 2 to 5 years is generally a reliable guideline.

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