What is the Expected Lifespan of a Contemporary Hearing Aid?

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Physically, you will usually get a number of 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 customized to support your specific auditory requirements, necessitating regular reassessment. 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 much like most things. Hearing aids will have a period of optimal efficiency much like any device will. Virtually all electronic devices will either quit working at an optimal level or become antiquated and replaced with newer more advanced technology eventually. It’s not surprising, then, that hearing aids also function within a lifespan.

Two to five years is a normal lifespan for modern hearing aids but as technology advances, you might want to upgrade sooner. However, the longevity 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 designed for durability, the choice of materials may effect longevity, especially if you’re prone to accidental drops.
  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two main types of hearing aids. Inside-the-ear models, exposed to the ear canal’s moisture and debris, usually last around five years, while behind-the-ear models last for about 6 to 7 years as a result of their increased protection against moisture and dirt.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always utilize rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can certainly impact longevity.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, diligent care directly correlates with prolonged lifespan. Regular cleaning and upkeep will significantly prolong functional longevity.

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

When to expect replacement

As time passes, you may detect a decline in hearing aid performance, signaling the need for replacement. However, certain circumstances might justify an earlier upgrade:

  • Lifestyle shifts: You might decide it’s time for an upgrade when you have a change of lifestyle and recognize that you need some new features.
  • Technological advancements: You might consider an upgrade to a more current and advanced model that has recently been released.
  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss advances, recalibration becomes more and more necessary and it might become less costly and time consuming to just buy a new pair.

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

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

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