What is the Expected Lifespan of a Modern Hearing Aid?

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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 might need an upgrade. Getting routine hearing assessments is key to making certain your hearing aids are programmed and fit properly. Here are a number of tips to help you get the most from your hearing aids.

Is there a lifespan for hearing aids?

Hearing aids absolutely have a lifespan just like most things. Hearing aids will have a time frame of optimum performance much like any device will. Even sophisticated electronics, like your state-of-the-art TV, will eventually warrant an upgrade. 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 prompt earlier upgrades. However, the lifespan of your hearing aids hinges on a few factors:

  • Construction: Modern hearing aids have diverse materials, from silicon to metal to nano-coated plastics. While manufactured for durability, the type of materials might effect longevity, particularly if you are prone to accidental drops.
  • Type: Hearing aids come in two main forms: inside-the-ear and behind-the-ear. 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.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, conscientious care directly correlates with extended lifespan. Regular cleaning and maintenance will substantially prolong functional longevity.
  • Batteries: While most hearing aids utilize internal rechargeable batteries, the type of battery can influence 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, regular cleanings and check-ups are essential to optimum functionality and fit.

Anticipating when to replace your hearing aids

As time passes, you may detect a decrease in hearing aid performance, letting you know that it’s time for replacement. However, certain situations might warrant an earlier upgrade:

  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss progresses, recalibration becomes more and more important and it may become less expensive and time consuming to just get a new set.
  • Lifestyle shifts: Evolving lifestyles might necessitate features such as waterproofing or increased durability, compelling an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Technological advancements: You may consider an upgrade to a more current and state-of-the-art model that has recently been released.

When you consider the large amount of variables, it can be rather hard to precisely predict when an upgrade will be needed. But 2 to 5 years is typically a reliable guideline.

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

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.