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How Long Can You Expect Your Hearing Aids to Last?

Princeton Otolaryngology Associates: Dr. Scott L. Kay | Hearing Aid News

Hearing aid specialist fitting hearing aid into patient's ear.

With correct care, hearing aids can last for several years, but their performance depends on their alignment with your present level of hearing loss. Getting regular hearing exams is key to making certain your hearing aids are programmed and fit properly. Here are some tips to help you get the most from your hearing aids.

Do hearing aids have a lifespan?

Hearing aids definitely have a lifespan much like most things. Much like the perishability of milk or the longevity of canned goods, hearing aids also come with a limited period of optimal functionality. Virtually all electronic devices will either stop working at an optimal level or become antiquated and replaced with newer more advanced technology eventually. It’s no surprise, then, that hearing aids also function 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 number of factors:

  • Batteries: Modern hearing aids nearly always utilize rechargeable batteries now, but battery type can certainly impact longevity.
  • Type: Inside-the-ear and behind the ear are the two primary models of hearing aids. Inside-the-ear models, exposed to the ear canal’s moisture and debris, generally last about five years, while behind-the-ear models last for about 6 to 7 years due to their enhanced protection against moisture and dirt.
  • Construction: Contemporary hearing aids are built from various materials, from nano-coated plastics, to metal to silicon. If you are particularly accident prone, materials that are on the more robust side would be a better choice for longevity.
  • Maintenance: Not surprisingly, conscientious care directly correlates with increased lifespan. Functional longevity is considerably prolonged by regular upkeep and cleaning.

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

Anticipating when to replace your hearing aids

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

  • Hearing changes: As hearing loss advances, reprogramming becomes more and more important and it may become less expensive and time consuming to just invest in a new set.
  • Technological advancements: You might consider an upgrade to a more current and advanced model that has recently been released.
  • Lifestyle shifts: You may decide it’s time for an upgrade when you have a change of lifestyle and recognize that you require some new features.

When you consider the large number of variables, it can be fairly hard to exactly predict when an upgrade will be required. Nevertheless, a general guideline of 2 to 5 years provides a dependable reference point.

Think it may be time for an upgrade? Call us today to make an appointment.

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