What is the Expected Lifespan of a Modern Hearing Aid?

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With proper care, hearing aids can last for a number of years, but their effectiveness depends on whether they’re programmed to your existing level of hearing loss. Getting routine hearing assessments is key to making sure your hearing aids are programmed and fit properly. Assuming correct programming and fitting, here’s a guideline for their longevity.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

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 limited period of optimum functionality. 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 normal lifespan for modern hearing aids but as technology accelerates, you might want to upgrade sooner. However, the longevity of your hearing aids is dependent on several factors:

  • 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 about five years, while behind-the-ear models last for approximately 6 to 7 years due to their enhanced protection against moisture and debris.
  • Maintenance: Obviously, you will get a longer life from your hearing aid with conscientious care. Functional longevity is considerably extended by regular maintenance and cleaning.
  • Batteries: While most hearing aids use internal rechargeable batteries, the type of battery can influence overall longevity.
  • 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 durable side would be a better choice for longevity.

While the estimated lifespan is based on typical usage, failing to use or maintain your hearing aids might effect their effectiveness. Professional check-ups and cleaning courses are essential to provide proper fit and functionality, especially considering potential wax build-up.

When to anticipate replacement

As time passes, you might detect a decline in hearing aid performance, letting you know that it’s time for replacement. However, certain situations might warrant an earlier upgrade:

  • Lifestyle shifts: You might decide it’s time for an upgrade when you have a change of lifestyle and realize you need some new features.
  • Hearing changes: Substantial changes in hearing levels require recalibration for optimal results, prompting consideration of a new pair of hearing aids.
  • Technological advancements: Annual developments launch state-of-the-art features that can significantly improve hearing aid functionality, compelling consideration of newer models.

Predicting the precise time period for hearing aid replacement proves to be challenging, given the wide range of variables. Still, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years offers a reliable reference point.

Think it may be time for an upgrade? Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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