What is the Expected Lifespan of a Contemporary 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 might need an upgrade. Getting regular hearing assessments is key to making sure your hearing aids are programmed and fit correctly. Assuming appropriate programming and fitting, here’s a guideline for their longevity.

Is there a lifespan for hearing aids?

Similar to most products, hearing aids have a lifespan. Hearing aids will have a time frame of optimum efficiency much like any device will. Pretty much all electronic devices will either quit working at an optimal level or become antiquated and replaced with newer more advanced technology eventually. It’s not surprising, then, that hearing aids also operate within a lifespan.

Typically, hearing aids last anywhere from 2 to 5 years, although technological advancements might encourage earlier upgrades. However, the lifespan of your hearing aids hinges on a few factors:

  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two primary models of hearing aids. Behind-the -ear models will usually last 6 to 7 years as a result of the enhanced protection from moisture compared to inside-the-ear models which will generally last from 3 to 5 years.
  • Construction: Modern hearing aids have diverse materials, from silicon to metal to nano-coated plastics. While manufactured for durability, the type of materials might effect longevity, especially if you’re prone to accidental drops.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, diligent care directly correlates with increased lifespan. Functional longevity is significantly extended by regular maintenance and cleaning.
  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always use rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can undoubtedly impact longevity.

While the approximated lifespan is based on ordinary usage, failing to use or maintain your hearing aids might effect their effectiveness. Considering potential earwax build-up, routine cleanings and check-ups are critical to optimal functionality and fit.

Anticipating when to replace your hearing aids

As time passes, you may detect a decline in hearing aid performance, signaling the need for replacement. However, certain situations might justify an earlier upgrade:

  • Technological advancements: Yearly innovations launch cutting-edge features that can noticeably improve hearing aid functionality, compelling consideration of newer models.
  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss progresses, recalibration becomes more and more important and it may become less costly and time consuming to simply buy a new pair.
  • Lifestyle shifts: Evolving lifestyles might necessitate features like waterproofing or enhanced durability, compelling an upgrade to better suit your needs.

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

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

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