How Long Can You Expect Your Hearing Aids to Last?

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Physically, you will usually get several years out of your hearing aids, but as your degree of hearing loss changes, your hearing aids could need an update. Comparable to prescription glasses, hearing aids are customized to accommodate your specific auditory requirements, requiring regular reassessment. Assuming appropriate programming and fitting, here’s a guide for their longevity.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Hearing aids definitely have a lifespan just like most things. Hearing aids will have a time frame of optimal efficiency much like any device will. Even sophisticated electronics, like your state-of-the-art TV, will eventually warrant an upgrade. It’s no surprise, then, that hearing aids also operate within a lifespan.

Typically, hearing aids last anywhere from 2 to 5 years, although technological developments could prompt earlier upgrades. However, the lifespan of your hearing aids hinges on a number of factors:

  • Construction: Modern hearing aids have diverse materials, from silicon to metal to nano-coated plastics. If you are especially accident prone, materials that are on the more robust side would be a better choice for longevity.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, diligent care directly correlates with increased lifespan. Regular cleaning and maintenance will significantly prolong functional longevity.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always use rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can undoubtedly effect longevity.
  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two primary types of hearing aids. Inside-the-ear models, exposed to the ear canal’s sweat and debris, typically 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 debris.

While the estimated lifespan is based on typical usage, neglecting to wear or maintain your hearing aids might effect their efficiency. Considering possible earwax build-up, regular cleanings and check-ups are critical to optimal functionality and fit.

Expecting when to replace your hearing aids

As time passes, you might detect a decline in hearing aid performance, letting you know that it’s time for replacement. Here are a few situations where you might need to upgrade sooner:

  • Technological advancements: You may consider an upgrade to a more current and advanced model that has recently been launched.
  • Lifestyle shifts: Changing lifestyles might demand features like waterproofing or enhanced durability, prompting an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss advances, recalibration becomes more and more necessary and it may become less costly and time consuming to just invest in a new pair.

When you consider the large number of variables, it can be relatively hard to precisely predict when an upgrade will be required. Nevertheless, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years provides a reliable reference frame.

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