What is the Expected Lifespan of a Contemporary Hearing Aid?

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Physically, you will normally get a number of years out of your hearing aids, but as your degree of hearing loss changes, your hearing aids might need an update. Getting routine hearing evaluations is key to making sure your hearing aids are programmed and fit properly. Here are a few tips to help you get the most from your hearing aids.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Hearing aids absolutely 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 finite period of optimum performance. Virtually all electronic devices will either quit working at an optimal level or become antiquated and upgraded with newer more sophisticated technology eventually. It’s not surprising, then, that hearing aids also function within a lifespan.

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

  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, diligent care directly correlates with increased lifespan. Regular cleaning and maintenance will significantly prolong functional longevity.
  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two main 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.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always use rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can undoubtedly effect 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 choice for longevity.

While the estimated lifespan is based on ordinary usage, failing to wear or maintain your hearing aids may effect their effectiveness. Considering potential earwax build-up, routine cleanings and check-ups are essential to optimum functionality and fit.

When to anticipate replacement

You may find that it’s time for an upgraded when, over time, you begin to detect a decline in the performance of your hearing aid. Here are a few situations where you might need to upgrade sooner:

  • Technological advancements: Annual innovations introduce state-of-the-art features that can noticeably improve hearing aid functionality, compelling consideration of newer models.
  • Lifestyle shifts: You might decide it’s time for an upgrade when you have a change of lifestyle and recognize that you require some new features.
  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss progresses, recalibration becomes more and more necessary and it might become less expensive and time consuming to just get a new pair.

When you consider the large number of variables, it can be rather difficult to precisely predict when an upgrade will be required. Nevertheless, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years offers a reliable reference point.

Wondering if your hearing aids could use an upgrade? Schedule an appointment for a consultation with us right away.

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