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With proper care, hearing aids can last for several years, but their effectiveness depends on whether they’re programmed to your current level of hearing loss. Similar to prescription glasses, hearing aids are personalized to accommodate your specific auditory requirements, necessitating regular reassessment. Here are a few tips to help you get the most from your hearing aids.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Hearing aids absolutely have a lifespan much like most things. Much like the perishability of milk or the longevity of canned goods, hearing aids also have a limited period of optimum functionality. Virtually all electronic devices will either quit working at an optimal level or become antiquated and replaced with newer more sophisticated technology eventually. So it probably won’t come as a surprise that hearing aids also have a lifespan.

Two to five years is a typical lifespan for modern hearing aids but as technology advances, you may want to update sooner. Here are some of the most prominent factors influencing the lifespan of your hearing aids:

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

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

Anticipating when to replace your hearing aids

As time passes, you may notice a decline in hearing aid performance, signaling the need for replacement. Here are a few situations where you might need to upgrade sooner:

  • 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.
  • Hearing changes: Substantial changes in hearing levels require recalibration for optimal results, prompting consideration of new hearing aids.
  • Technological advancements: Yearly innovations introduce cutting-edge features that can substantially improve hearing aid functionality, prompting consideration of newer models.

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

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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.