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With proper care, hearing aids can last for several years, but their performance depends on their alignment with your current level of hearing loss. Getting regular hearing exams 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.

Is there a lifespan for hearing aids?

Hearing aids certainly have a lifespan much like most things. Hearing aids will have a period 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 upgraded with newer more advanced technology eventually. It’s not surprising, then, that hearing aids also function within a lifespan.

Two to five years is a standard lifespan for contemporary hearing aids but as technology advances, you might want to update sooner. Here are a few of the most notable factors influencing the lifespan of your hearing aids:

  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids almost always use rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can certainly impact longevity.
  • Construction: Contemporary hearing aids are built from various materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. While manufactured for durability, the choice of materials might impact longevity, especially if you’re prone to accidental drops.
  • Maintenance: Obviously, you will get a longer lifespan from your hearing aid with diligent care. Regular cleaning and maintenance will substantially prolong functional longevity.
  • 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 around 6 to 7 years as a result of their increased protection against moisture and dirt.

Failure to routinely wear and maintain your hearing aids can have an impact on lifespan as calculated longevity is based on normal usage. Professional check-ups and cleaning sessions are crucial to provide proper fit and functionality, especially considering potential wax build-up.

When to anticipate replacement

As time passes, you may notice a decrease in hearing aid performance, letting you know that it’s time for replacement. However, certain circumstances may warrant an earlier upgrade:

  • Hearing changes: Significant alterations in hearing levels necessitate recalibration for best results, prompting consideration of new hearing aids.
  • Lifestyle shifts: Changing lifestyles may necessitate features like waterproofing or enhanced durability, compelling an upgrade to better suit your needs.
  • Technological advancements: You may consider an upgrade to a more current and advanced model that has recently been released.

Forecasting the precise time frame for hearing aid upgrade proves to be challenging, given the wide range of variables. Nevertheless, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years provides a dependable reference frame.

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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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