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What is the Expected Lifespan of a Modern Hearing Aid?

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Physically, you will usually get several years out of your hearing aids, but as your degree of hearing loss changes, your hearing aids may need an update. Getting regular hearing assessments is key to making sure your hearing aids are programmed and fit properly. Assuming correct programming and fitting, here’s a guide for their longevity.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Just like most products, 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 optimum performance. Even sophisticated electronics, such as your state-of-the-art TV, will eventually warrant an upgrade. So it probably won’t be surprising that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

Two to five years is a standard lifespan for contemporary hearing aids but as technology advances, you may want to update sooner. However, the longevity of your hearing aids is dependent on a few factors:

  • Maintenance: Needless to say, you will get a longer lifespan from your hearing aid with conscientious care. Functional longevity is significantly extended by regular maintenance and cleaning.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids have diverse materials, from silicon to metal to nano-coated plastics. If you are particularly accident prone, materials that are on the more robust side would be a better choice for longevity.
  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two primary types 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 endure for around 6 to 7 years due to their increased protection against moisture and dirt.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always utilize rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can definitely impact longevity.

While the approximated lifespan is based on typical usage, neglecting to wear or maintain your hearing aids may impact their effectiveness. Professional check-ups and cleaning courses are crucial to provide proper fit and functionality, especially considering potential wax build-up.

When to expect replacement

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

  • Technological advancements: You might consider an upgrade to a more current and advanced model that has recently been released.
  • 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.
  • Hearing changes: Significant changes in hearing levels necessitate reprogramming for optimum results, prompting consideration of a new pair of hearing aids.

Predicting the precise timespan for hearing aid upgrade proves challenging, given the multitude of variables. But 2 to 5 years is typically a reliable guideline.

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

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