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 sure your hearing aids are programmed and fit properly. Here are a number of tips to help you get the most from your hearing aids.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Similar to most products, 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 optimum functionality. Even sophisticated electronics, like your state-of-the-art TV, will eventually warrant an upgrade. It’s not surprising, then, that hearing aids also operate within a lifespan.

Two to five years is a normal lifespan for contemporary hearing aids but as technology accelerates, you might want to update sooner. However, the lifespan of your hearing aids is dependent on a number of factors:

  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always use rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can undoubtedly impact longevity.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids are built from diverse materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. If you are especially accident prone, materials that are on the more robust side would be a better option for longevity.
  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two main types of hearing aids. Inside-the-ear models, exposed to the ear canal’s moisture and debris, usually last about five years, while behind-the-ear models endure for around 6 to 7 years as a result of their increased protection against moisture and dirt.
  • Maintenance: Needless to say, you will get a longer life from your hearing aid with conscientious care. Functional longevity is greatly prolonged by regular maintenance and cleaning.

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 critical to optimum functionality and fit.

When to anticipate replacement

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

  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss progresses, recalibration becomes more and more necessary and it might become less costly and time consuming to simply buy a new pair.
  • Lifestyle shifts: You might decide it’s time for an upgrade when you have a change of lifestyle and recognize that you require some new features.
  • Technological advancements: Yearly innovations launch state-of-the-art features that can significantly improve hearing aid functionality, prompting consideration of newer models.

When you consider the large amount of variables, it can be relatively hard to precisely predict when an upgrade will be required. But 2 to 5 years is generally a dependable guideline.

Think it may be time for an upgrade? Contact us today to schedule 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.