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Physically, you will normally get a number of years out of your hearing aids, but as your level of hearing loss changes, your hearing aids may need an upgrade. Comparable to prescription glasses, hearing aids are personalized to accommodate your specific auditory requirements, requiring regular reassessment. Here are some tips to help you get the most from your hearing aids.

Is there a lifespan for hearing aids?

Similar to most commodities, hearing aids have a lifespan. Much like the perishability of milk or the longevity of canned goods, hearing aids also come with a finite period of optimal performance. Even sophisticated electronics, such as your state-of-the-art TV, will eventually warrant an upgrade. So it most likely won’t come as a surprise that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

Two to five years is a standard lifespan for contemporary hearing aids but as technology accelerates, you may want to upgrade sooner. However, the lifespan of your hearing aids hinges on a number of factors:

  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two main models of hearing aids. Behind-the -ear models will normally last 6 to 7 years due to the enhanced protection from moisture compared to inside-the-ear models which will generally last from 3 to 5 years.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always use rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can certainly effect longevity.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids are constructed from diverse materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. If you are particularly accident prone, materials that are on the more robust side would be a better option for longevity.
  • Maintenance: Obviously, you will get a longer life from your hearing aid with conscientious care. Functional longevity is significantly prolonged by regular maintenance and cleaning.

Failure to regularly wear and maintain your hearing aids can have an effect on lifespan as estimated longevity is based on typical usage. Professional check-ups and cleaning courses are crucial to provide proper fit and functionality, especially considering potential wax build-up.

When to anticipate replacement

As time passes, you might notice a decrease in hearing aid performance, signaling the need for replacement. However, certain situations might warrant an earlier upgrade:

  • Hearing changes: Considerable changes in hearing levels require reprogramming for optimal results, prompting consideration of new hearing aids.
  • Lifestyle shifts: Evolving lifestyles might necessitate features such as waterproofing or increased durability, prompting an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Technological advancements: Annual innovations introduce cutting-edge features that can substantially improve hearing aid functionality, prompting consideration of newer models.

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

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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.
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