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

Is there a lifespan for hearing aids?

Hearing aids definitely have a lifespan just like most things. Hearing aids will have a time frame 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 most likely won’t come as a surprise that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

Typically, hearing aids last anywhere from 2 to 5 years, although technological developments might encourage earlier upgrades. Here are some of the most notable factors influencing the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, conscientious care directly correlates with increased 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 especially accident prone, materials that are on the more durable side would be a better choice for longevity.
  • Type: Hearing aids come in two main forms: inside-the-ear and behind-the-ear. Inside-the-ear models, exposed to the ear canal’s moisture and debris, usually last around five years, while behind-the-ear models endure for about 6 to 7 years due to their increased protection against moisture and debris.
  • Batteries: While most hearing aids use internal rechargeable batteries, the type of battery can impact overall longevity.

Failure to regularly wear and maintain your hearing aids can have an impact on lifespan as estimated longevity is based on normal usage. Considering possible earwax build-up, routine cleanings and check-ups are critical to optimal functionality and fit.

Expecting when to replace your hearing aids

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

  • Lifestyle shifts: Evolving lifestyles may necessitate features such as waterproofing or increased durability, compelling an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Technological advancements: Yearly innovations launch state-of-the-art features that can substantially improve hearing aid functionality, prompting consideration of newer models.
  • Hearing changes: Considerable alterations in hearing levels require recalibration for best results, prompting consideration of a new pair of hearing aids.

Anticipating the precise timespan for hearing aid upgrade proves challenging, given the wide range of variables. But 2 to 5 years is usually a reliable guideline.

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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.
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