How Long Can You Expect Your Hearing Aids to Last?

Hearing aid specialist fitting hearing aid into patient's ear.

With correct care, hearing aids can last for a number of years, but their performance depends on whether they’re programmed to your existing level of hearing loss. Getting routine hearing evaluations is key to making certain 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?

Just like most commodities, hearing aids have a lifespan. Hearing aids will have a time frame of optimum efficiency much like any device will. Pretty much all electronic devices will either quit working at an optimal level or become antiquated and replaced with newer more sophisticated technology eventually. It’s no surprise, then, that hearing aids also operate within a lifespan.

Two to five years is a standard lifespan for modern hearing aids but as technology accelerates, you may want to update sooner. Here are a number of the most notable factors influencing the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two primary types of hearing aids. Behind-the -ear models will usually last 6 to 7 years as a result of the enhanced 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 particularly accident prone, materials that are on the more durable side would be a better choice for longevity.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, conscientious care directly correlates with prolonged lifespan. Regular cleaning and upkeep will substantially prolong functional longevity.
  • Batteries: While most hearing aids use internal rechargeable batteries, the type of battery can impact overall longevity.

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

Anticipating when to replace your hearing aids

You may find that it’s time for a replacement when, over time, you start to detect a decrease in the performance of your hearing aid. However, certain situations may justify an earlier upgrade:

  • Hearing changes: Substantial changes in hearing levels require reprogramming for optimal results, prompting consideration of a new pair of hearing aids.
  • Technological advancements: Annual innovations launch state-of-the-art features that can substantially improve hearing aid functionality, prompting consideration of newer models.
  • Lifestyle shifts: You might 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 difficult to precisely predict when an upgrade will be necessary. Nevertheless, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years offers a reliable reference frame.

Think it may be time for an upgrade? Call us today to make an appointment.

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