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Physically, you will normally get several years out of your hearing aids, but as your level of hearing loss changes, your hearing aids could need an upgrade. Getting regular hearing assessments is key to making certain your hearing aids are programmed and fit properly. Here are a number of tips to help you get the most from your hearing aids.

Is there a lifespan for hearing aids?

Similar to most products, hearing aids have a lifespan. Hearing aids will have a time frame of optimal efficiency much like any device will. Virtually all electronic devices will either quit working at an optimal level or become antiquated and upgraded with newer more advanced technology eventually. So it likely 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 accelerates, you may want to update sooner. However, the longevity of your hearing aids is dependent on a few factors:

  • Construction: Modern hearing aids are constructed from various materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. While manufactured for durability, the type of materials might impact longevity, particularly if you are prone to accidental drops.
  • Batteries: While most hearing aids utilize internal rechargeable batteries, the type of battery can impact overall longevity.
  • Type: Hearing aids come in two main forms: inside-the-ear and behind-the-ear. Behind-the -ear models will usually last 6 to 7 years as a result of the enhanced protection from moisture in comparison to inside-the-ear models which will generally last from 3 to 5 years.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, conscientious care directly correlates with increased lifespan. Functional longevity is greatly prolonged by regular maintenance and cleaning.

While the estimated lifespan is based on ordinary usage, neglecting to wear or maintain your hearing aids may effect their efficiency. Considering possible earwax build-up, routine cleanings and check-ups are crucial to optimal functionality and fit.

Expecting when to replace your hearing aids

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

  • Lifestyle shifts: Changing lifestyles might demand features like waterproofing or improved durability, prompting an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Technological advancements: Annual developments launch state-of-the-art features that can significantly improve hearing aid functionality, prompting consideration of newer models.
  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss advances, reprogramming becomes more and more important and it might become less expensive and time consuming to just invest in a new set.

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

Think it might be time for an upgrade? Schedule an appointment for a consultation with us right away.

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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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