What is the Expected Lifespan of a Modern Hearing Aid?

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Physically, you will usually get a number of years out of your hearing aids, but as your level of hearing loss changes, your hearing aids could need an update. Getting regular hearing evaluations is key to making certain your hearing aids are programmed and fit properly. Here are some tips to help you get the most from your hearing aids.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Just like most products, hearing aids have a lifespan. Hearing aids will have a period of optimum efficiency much like any device will. Even sophisticated electronics, like your state-of-the-art TV, will eventually warrant an upgrade. So it likely won’t come as a surprise that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

Normally, hearing aids last anywhere from 2 to 5 years, although technological advancements may prompt earlier upgrades. However, the lifespan of your hearing aids is dependent on a number of factors:

  • Type: Hearing aids come in two primary forms: inside-the-ear and behind-the-ear. 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 enhanced protection against moisture and debris.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids are constructed from diverse materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. While designed for durability, the choice of materials may impact longevity, especially if you’re prone to accidental drops.
  • Batteries: While most hearing aids utilize internal rechargeable batteries, the type of battery can influence all-around longevity.
  • Maintenance: Obviously, you will get a longer life from your hearing aid with conscientious care. Regular cleaning and maintenance will substantially prolong functional longevity.

Failure to regularly wear and maintain your hearing aids can have an impact on lifespan as estimated longevity is based on normal usage. Professional check-ups and cleaning sessions are crucial to provide proper fit and functionality, especially considering possible wax build-up.

Anticipating when to replace your hearing aids

You may find that it’s time for an upgraded when, over time, you begin to notice a decrease in the performance of your hearing aid. However, certain circumstances might justify an earlier upgrade:

  • Technological advancements: You may consider an upgrade to a more current and state-of-the-art model that has recently been launched.
  • Lifestyle shifts: You might decide it’s time for an upgrade when you have a change of lifestyle and realize you require some new features.
  • Hearing changes: Substantial alterations in hearing levels necessitate recalibration for optimum results, prompting consideration of new hearing aids.

Anticipating the precise time frame for hearing aid upgrade proves a challenge, given the wide range of variables. But 2 to 5 years is typically a reliable guideline.

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

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