What is the Expected Lifespan of a Modern Hearing Aid?

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With correct care, hearing aids can last for a number of years, but their effectiveness depends on whether they’re programmed to your existing level of hearing loss. Comparable to prescription glasses, hearing aids are customized to support your specific auditory needs, requiring regular reassessment. 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. 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 developments could prompt earlier upgrades. However, the longevity of your hearing aids hinges on a number of factors:

  • Batteries: While most hearing aids use internal rechargeable batteries, the type of battery can impact overall longevity.
  • 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, usually last about five years, while behind-the-ear models last for about 6 to 7 years due to their increased protection against moisture and debris.
  • Construction: Contemporary hearing aids are constructed from diverse materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. While manufactured for durability, the choice of materials may impact longevity, especially if you are prone to accidental drops.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, conscientious care directly correlates with increased lifespan. Regular cleaning and upkeep will significantly prolong functional longevity.

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

When to expect replacement

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

  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss advances, recalibration becomes more and more necessary and it may become less expensive and time consuming to just invest in a new pair.
  • 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.
  • Technological advancements: You may consider an upgrade to a more current and advanced model that has recently been launched.

When you consider the large number of variables, it can be relatively difficult to precisely predict when an upgrade will be required. But 2 to 5 years is generally a reliable guideline.

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

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