What is the Expected Lifespan of a Modern 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 could need an upgrade. Similar to prescription glasses, hearing aids are customized to accommodate your specific auditory requirements, necessitating regular reassessment. 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 much like most things. 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. So it most likely won’t be surprising that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

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

  • Construction: Modern hearing aids are constructed from various materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. While designed for durability, the choice of materials might impact longevity, especially if you are prone to accidental drops.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids almost always use rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can undoubtedly impact longevity.
  • Type: Hearing aids come in two main forms: inside-the-ear and behind-the-ear. 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 approximately 6 to 7 years as a result of their enhanced protection against moisture and dirt.
  • Maintenance: Obviously, you will get a longer lifespan from your hearing aid with diligent care. Functional longevity is greatly prolonged by regular upkeep and cleaning.

While the approximated lifespan is based on typical usage, failing to wear or maintain your hearing aids may impact their effectiveness. Considering potential earwax build-up, routine cleanings and check-ups are crucial to optimal functionality and fit.

When to expect replacement

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

  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss progresses, recalibration becomes more and more important and it might 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 recognize that you require some new features.
  • Technological advancements: Yearly developments launch state-of-the-art features that can significantly improve hearing aid functionality, compelling consideration of newer models.

Forecasting the precise timespan for hearing aid replacement proves to be a challenge, given the multitude of variables. But 2 to 5 years is usually a reliable guideline.

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

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