How Long Can You Expect Your Hearing Aids to Last?

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

Is there a lifespan for hearing aids?

Hearing aids definitely have a lifespan just like most things. Much like the perishability of milk or the longevity of canned goods, hearing aids also come with a limited period of optimal performance. 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.

Normally, hearing aids last anywhere from 2 to 5 years, although technological developments might encourage earlier upgrades. However, the longevity of your hearing aids is dependent on a number of factors:

  • Batteries: While most hearing aids utilize internal rechargeable batteries, the type of battery can influence overall longevity.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, conscientious care directly correlates with increased lifespan. Regular cleaning and maintenance will significantly prolong functional longevity.
  • 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 robust side would be a better option for longevity.
  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two primary types of hearing aids. Behind-the -ear models will typically last 6 to 7 years as a result of the enhanced protection from moisture in comparison to inside-the-ear models which will typically last from 3 to 5 years.

While the approximated lifespan is based on typical usage, failing to use or maintain your hearing aids might impact their efficiency. Considering possible earwax build-up, routine cleanings and check-ups are critical to optimum functionality and fit.

When to expect replacement

As time passes, you might detect a decrease in hearing aid performance, signaling the need for replacement. Here are a few situations where you might need to upgrade sooner:

  • Lifestyle shifts: Changing lifestyles may necessitate features such as waterproofing or improved durability, prompting an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Technological advancements: Yearly developments introduce state-of-the-art features that can substantially improve hearing aid functionality, compelling consideration of newer models.
  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss advances, reprogramming becomes more and more necessary and it might become less costly and time consuming to simply get a new set.

Predicting the precise time period for hearing aid upgrade proves a challenge, given the multitude of variables. Still, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years provides a dependable reference frame.

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