How Long Can You Expect Your Hearing Aids to Last?

Hearing aid specialist fitting hearing aid into patient's ear.

With correct care, hearing aids can last for a number of years, but their performance depends on whether they’re programmed to your present level of hearing loss. Comparable to prescription glasses, hearing aids are customized to accommodate your specific auditory needs, necessitating regular reassessment. Here are some tips to help you get the most from your hearing aids.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Similar to most commodities, hearing aids have a lifespan. Hearing aids will have a period of optimum performance much like any device will. Pretty much all electronic devices will either stop 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.

Two to five years is a typical lifespan for contemporary hearing aids but as technology advances, you might want to upgrade sooner. However, the lifespan of your hearing aids hinges on several factors:

  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, conscientious care directly correlates with extended lifespan. Regular cleaning and upkeep will significantly prolong functional longevity.
  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two main models of hearing aids. Inside-the-ear models, exposed to the ear canal’s moisture and debris, typically last around five years, while behind-the-ear models last for around 6 to 7 years due to their increased protection against moisture and debris.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always use rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can certainly impact longevity.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids have diverse materials, from silicon to metal to nano-coated plastics. If you are especially accident prone, materials that are on the more robust side would be a better choice for longevity.

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

When to expect replacement

As time passes, you may detect a decrease in hearing aid performance, letting you know that it’s time for replacement. Here are a few situations where you might need to upgrade sooner:

  • Hearing changes: Considerable changes in hearing levels require recalibration for optimal results, prompting consideration of a new pair of hearing aids.
  • Technological advancements: Yearly developments launch state-of-the-art features that can substantially improve hearing aid functionality, compelling consideration of newer models.
  • Lifestyle shifts: You may decide it’s time for an upgrade when you have a change of lifestyle and recognize that you need some new features.

Forecasting the precise time period for hearing aid upgrade proves a challenge, given the multitude of variables. Nevertheless, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years provides 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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